CNet reports on a new VR training program developed by Talespin that lets managers practice firing a virtual employee (named Barry Thompson) before they have to fire someone in the real world.

Barry is built with using speech recognition, AI, natural language processing, gamified scoring, dynamic feedback and enterprise learning management system, or LMS, integration. He can fluidly converse with a real person wearing the VR headset, display realistic emotion and understand context.

His reaction to the bad news varies depending on how you handle the situation. In some scenarios, he gets angry and yells, in others he cries. If you handle his firing well, he calmly accepts the news.

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