Creepy Computer-Generated Avatar Greets Travelers At Airport
2012-07-31 0:00

From: CBS NY






The future was among the arrivals at Newark Airport on Friday, in the form of a computer-generated greeter at the gate.

Travelers met Libby. Shes Newark Airports newest and perhaps most chipper customer service rep. You may have noticed that shes a bit shallow, and shes completely two-faced, but shes always smiling, and she never complains.

Hello, and welcome to Newark Liberty International Airport. You have arrived at Terminal B, the avatar says.

Libbys presence seemed to catch arriving passengers off-guard Friday. Some loved her or it, but not everyone was enchanted by her computer-generated smile, CBS 2s Alex Denis reported.

Its a little bit freaky when you walk down there. Her body doesnt look real but her head does, one woman said.

Its freaky! another woman said.

I think its weird, another said.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spent $180,000 on Libby and four machines like her. It may have been a bargain as some travelers compared it to Leonardo da Vincis priceless Mona Lisa.

I think its scary. Its eyes follow you, a traveler said.

Its really odd the way her eyes follow you. Its really odd! a man added.

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