MIT recently released an interesting new program that can help users portray themselves more confidently in job interviews and other social situations. MACH – My Automated Conversation Coach – is a system that can portray a virtual interviewer on your computer. Conversing with you, it simultaneously analyzes and takes record of your body language, eye contact, facial expressions, and tone and tenor of your voice. The prototype then has the capability to provide you with reports on how you did – if you looked away and were distracted too much, talked too quickly or mumbled. If made widely available, MACH could prove to be a great tool for job seekers.
(Illustration by Phil Marden)