“Smile in a certain way, and she knows precisely what your smile means. Develop a nervous tic or tension in an eye, and she instantly picks up on it. She listens to what you say, processes every word, works out the meaning of your pitch, your tone, your posture, everything.” She’s a computer. And it turns out that some people feel more comfortable answering personal questions when they come from an avatar instead of a shrink. From The Economist: The computer will see you now.

+ Quartz: Still think robots can’t do your job? This video may change your mind.