If there’s one thing that will make weird engineering students less awkward, it’s more time spent in front of a computer.
That seems to be the idea behind MIT’s new My Automated Conversation Coach, or MACH. The software provides a digitally animated pal for you to interact with, VentureBeat reports. The program then analyzes eye contact, facial expressions, speech patterns and behavior.
And as if the thought of a socially awkward person practicing for a job interview by talking to his computer wasn’t heart-breaking enough, MIT is recommending MACH to calm first-date nerves, too.
But hey, this could be a good sign for computer nerds everywhere — the path to a fully digital girlfriend just got a little bit shorter.