New avatar uses compliments to sell products

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Spotted: Canadian/German startup Twenty Billion Neurons (TwentyBN) has created an avatar designed to sweet talk shoppers. Millie sees, understands and interacts with people in real time. Drawing on vocabulary and experiences from millions of real conversations and interactions with humans, she can make conversation and give high fives. In videos, Millie is engaging, if a bit stilted. She reacts to someone entering her line of sight and follows hand gestures. While her high-fives are a bit slow -- leaving people hanging -- she is quick to catch on to other physical prompts like clapping and jumping. Millie is being marketed as…

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