Human-ities · Performativity

On Charisma: who has it, and how to get it

Whether you’re a seductress, a political leader, or simply seeking that prized ability to “inspire great enthusiasm and devotion”, as one dictionary defines charisma, the idea that it can be taught is hardly new: Dale Carnegie’s 1936 manual, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has sold more than 15million copies worldwide. But now Fox Cabane is transforming what was considered an art into a science, one that is frankly scary at times. “It’s all about learning to play chemist with your brain,” she explains. “If you’re able to flood your body with oxytocin [the love hormone] whenever you want, your body language will be transformed. People will want to be near you.” Fox Cabane estimates that three sessions of around a couple of hours can transform a reasonably personable person into someone magnetic.

Dr Nicole Gehl, a psychotherapist, is cynical, suggesting that what Fox Cabane offers is little more than a gimmick. “Charisma is a personality characteristic and personality traits are moderately to highly heritable. Truly charismatic people genuinely like other people. The emotional component of that is really hard to fake.”

Excerpt of an article written by Julia Llewellyn Smith, at The Telegraph. Continue HERE

Design · Digital Media · Games/Play · Performativity · Technology

Cubelets! Cubelets! Cubelets!

Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. You can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light, sound, and temperature, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior. But instead of programming that behavior, you snap the cubelets together and watch the behavior emerge like with a flock of birds or a swarm of bees.

Each cubelet in the kit has different equipment on board and a different default behavior. There are Sense Blocks that act like our eyes and ears, Action blocks, and Think blocks. Just like with people, the senses are the inputs to the system.

Get your Cubelets HERE