The friendly facial expressions, the soothing hand gestures, the coolly intelligent voice: Put them all together, and she is both disarmingly lifelike and surprisingly persuasive.
And while she can't actually shake your hand in greeting, the unnamed, computer-generated character and her troupe of animated friends can be judiciously designed for online learning - at least if one Florida State University researcher's vision becomes a reality.
Amy L. Baylor, an associate professor of instructional systems and director of FSU's Center for Research of Innovative Technologies for Learning (RITL), is working to give computers a human "face," and her results have shown that...
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