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A world where privacy doesn’t exist…
Where our every emotion becomes colored…
And truth is imminent.

Riley, a rugged, middle-aged man living in the year 3000 is trapped on a far away planet or better yet prison, sentenced for life on the account of permanently damaging the lives of innumerable humans. As a young child, Riley discovered a passion for science, one that was founded based on the accuracy of facts, making what was unseen visible. To him, the human eye couldn’t detect truthfulness, which led Riley to rely on science to uncover the only thing that humans could still cover: their emotions. Riley used micro-expressions and pushed the technology to a whole new level. He worked years and years trying to perfect this method of lie-detection and finally developed a formula made out color pigments and chemicals that would directly affect the amygdala through inhalation. Many of the body’s alarm systems are grouped together in the amygdala, which come directly from the sensory thalamus or from various sensory cortexes. The amygdala allows physiological changes to incur such as the blood pressure increasing, which, with this specific formula, creates a release of color from the blood cells. This would then produce a change in one’s skin pigmentation depending on the emotion detected in the amygdala. The truth would prevail as color would transform according to the seven universal feelings, which are fear(white), anger(red), surprise(green), contempt(yellow), disgust(brown), happiness(purple) and sadness(blue). Riley decided to start by contaminating his family, friends and wife by letting the product out of its container. After a few minutes of inhalation, the targets irreversibly became colored according to their emotions. Ethically, the breaching of privacy rights is taken to a whole new level where one’s feelings are revealed without one’s permission. This is an exaggeration of social networks where, at least, the choice of publicly displaying our “true colors” can be manipulated by the user. Socially, the human kind will be affected in negative ways because one will inevitably know how the other is feeling which will cause interpersonal difficulties that are sometimes put aside when nonverbal communication is difficult to discern. We try to collect as much nonverbal information as possible in order to detect how the other person is feeling but this can be derived by deceit in order to protect others or ourselves from potential conflicts. Emotions are a universal feeling; they are not culturally defined. However, culture teaches us different meanings and when to express and hide the emotions we feel but, in this world, there are no more boundaries. Most importantly, there are no more lies.

Created: Jan 30, 2012

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