“Our young children and grandchildren will think it is completely natural to talk to machines that look at them and understand them,” said Eric Horvitz, a computer scientist at Microsoft’s research laboratory who led the medical avatar project, one of several intended to show how people and computers may communicate before long.
Read the whole thing for examples of how it's already happening. I find it ironic that the first example offered is a "virtual" doctor. I've been saying for some time that GP's should start considering other occupations since we now have computer programs that can diagnose most diseases with greater accuracy than any human. Why must we go see a doctor when we suspect that we have a sinus infection? It would be much simpler to simply input our symptoms and vital signs into computer which could then diagnose our condition and automatically call in a prescription.