"WE HUMANS suffer from an advanced case of self-delusion, according to Alex Pentland.
We like to see ourselves as free-willed, conscious beings, self-governing and set apart
from other animals by our capacity for reasoning.
Yet watch people closely, says Pentland, and you find that we are more instinctual
and a lot more like other creatures than we care to think.
By fitting custom-made electronic "black boxes" to students, researchers and visiting executives at MIT,
they can monitor people going about their day - working, meeting, eating, going out and sleeping.
The devices record where the wearers go and how fast, their tone of voice, and subtle details about their body language.
What they have revealed is that a good 90 per cent of what most people do in any day follows routines",