Tired of feeling lonely? An artificial intelligence app wants to learn all about you

What if it there was a simple solution to overcoming loneliness? Would you opt in to an app that promised to provide unwavering companionship?  Would you spend tens of thousands of hours interacting with a chatbot in order to customize it to you and your personality?  A new consumer artificial intelligence (AI) app called Replika is hoping you will. The app’s interface looks just like any other instant messaging app you might be used to, be it Facebook Messenger or a texting client. The only difference is that instead of talking to a friend — or a human, for that matter — you interact with a chatbot that is intent on learning all about you. According to the Eugenia Kuyda, CEO and founder of Luka, the company that makes Replika, the AI companion learns about you the more you engage with it over text, eventually developing the ability to mimic your tone. Like any new friend, as it gets to know you, Replika will ask you about your day, and talk to you about your goals and interests.  “It allows you to have a sort of a safe space to reflect and try to understand yourself a little better,” says Kuyda. “It’s…


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