I'll trust you if you're me.

Another interesting article from Wired News. Researchers at Stanford have found that test subjects liked and trusted a computer-generated avatar that mimicked their own body-language, albeit on a four second delay.

I was vaguely aware that one could influence others by subtly reflecting their gestures (as I couldn’t work people out at school, I read a lot of text on sociopsychology and the like) – it seems computers can do it even better.