Researchers at MIT have come out with a new automated personal-computer system for those who have poor social skills and are overcome by anxiety to meet new people.
'My Automated Conversation coach' or MACH in short is a program which gives the user the exact feeling of talking to another person. Basically, it is a computer generated face which appears on the screen and makes conversation to respond to the real people's expressions both speech and facial and evaluates the response of the user.
It also enables a feedback of how the exchange went on and gives a feedback on the patterns of speech, level of response and engagement.
The software is so personalized that it has the capacity to respond in a way that is so close to real life conversations- for instance the computer face smiles in response when the user smiles. The program actually starts and completes a full conversation and provides a feedback to the user.
It will be a big advantage for those who suffer from nerves and awkwardness during social encounters and will help them work on their conversational skills.