What if there was a technology that could scan a person's face and, within seconds, tell you if that person was a great poker player or even a genius? What if you could take one look at a person’s face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye?
It seems like something out of a science-fiction movie. But tools from a new startup from Israel called Faception can do just that. Indeed, the company displayed its software at a recent poker tournament in which they were able to predict some of the finalists. In addition to ferreting out great poker players, the technology can also be used to discover extroverts and geniuses in mere seconds.
Faception was founded by three friends from Israel: entrepreneur Shai Gilboa, an alumnus of the Technion Institute in Israel; Dr. Itzik Wilf from Tel Aviv University; and David Gavriel, a global lecturer on facial and body features.
“We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other,” Gilboa told the Washington Post. “Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal.”
What signals are you sending out?
Even outside the world of technology, the study of body language has become wildly popular in the past few years. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, a professor at Harvard Business School, has become a world-renowned expert on how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can be beneficial to our success in life. Her TED Talk on the subject has been viewed more than 33 million times and ranks second among the most-viewed TED talks.
This week, she appeared on "Morning Joe" to talk about her New York Times bestselling book "Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges." In the clip below, she explains which poses can help spur self-confidence as well as how to determine if someone is lying.