Alastair Creelman summarizes an article on virtual companions in a newsletter (in Swedish) from Futurewise. The strength of this post is in the two examples: "a chatbot called Replika that you can create and train"; and Leta, who you can speak with "instead of text chatting as in the case of Replika". I wonder how much my own life would have changed had I had an intelligent and sympathetic digital companion to advise me over the years. Creelman seems to see only the potential problems; "The next step scares me," he writes. My own focus, however, if how much good these companions could ultimately do.
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