Saturday, May 13, 2006


Tyler Cowen points to another (more detailed) article on MIT dudes developing technology to help improve social outcomes.

Of course, if Pentland is right about the importance of social signaling, we might want to be more aware of our nonlinguistic behavior. Pentland says he has been looking into commercializing his research, and he already has a few ideas. One product that's currently in the works: the Elevator Rater, a program designed to assess your delivery of 60-second sales pitches and help you learn to sound more persuasive and charismatic. Another potential product is something Pentland calls the Jerk-o-Meter--it's a real-time speech analysis application that runs on your cell phone and will tell you when your voice is getting out of control.

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