Human Behaviour

SF startup creates AI friend who’s always willing to listenFor Kaitelyn Roepke, Jasper is a trusted confidant when she feels lonely, when she needs to...

"Replika is a texting app designed to start as a digital version of a daily personal diary, letting people record their innermost thoughts, for their eyes only. But unlike a lifeless pen-and-paper diary, Replika’s artificial intelligence can start a conversation with thought-provoking questions such as “What’s something that made you laugh today?” and “When’s the last time you spent some quality time alone doing nothing?” MORE BY BENNY EVANGELISTA Scott Anderson, the chief customer officer at SyncThink and former director of sports medicine at Stanford, demonstrates the Eyesync optical scanner in Palo Alto, Calif. on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 which tracks eye movements to determine if there's a level of impairment. If Warriors star Steph Curry gets a head injury, virtual reality Features in the Razer Phone are designed specifically for game play. Gamer gear maker Razer jumps into smartphone market against From right: Store manager Matt Martinez organizes merchandise at ThinkGeek, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. ThinkGeek, the longtime online store for everything geek, opened its first brick-and-mortar outlet on the lower floor of GameStop, which is the owner of ThinkGeek. The store is located at 830 Market Street. ThinkGeek, a haven for pop-culture nerds, opens in San Francisco Over time, the app can learn about the owner’s likes, dislikes and personality, to always “be there to help you process and unpack some of your feelings and thoughts and emotions,” said Luka co-founder and CEO Eugenia Kuyda. “If you feel sad, it will comfort you, if you feel happy, it will celebrate with you,” Kuyda said. “It will remember how you’re feeling, it will follow up on that and ask you what’s going on with your friends and family.” On the surface, confiding in a robot might sound like part of the quirky, creepy plot of a science fiction movie depicting a future society when humans only interact with machines. Spike Jonze’s 2013 “Her” gave a glimpse of this. But having a computerized personal confidant isn’t so outlandish considering how people use similar technologies to get through their day, whether it’s emoji that offer a shorthand for emotions, computerized assistants that schedule in-person meetings or smart-home speakers that control lights and locks, said Ben Pring, co-author of the book “What to Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data.” That being said, Pring said Replika users might want to be cautious about entrusting their entire personal lives to a computer program that can be hacked."

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Hell no, I'd never fall in such desperation

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Sunny_the_skeptic 22 days ago

In response to “Hell no, I'd never fall in such desperation

It does scream desperation. But I'm sure this AI best bud will do well. Kinda a sad commentary.

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Dar 22 days ago

In response to “It does scream desperation. But I'm sure this...

It implies that a person can not find a real friend so they had to resort to an AI

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Sunny_the_skeptic 22 days ago

Naw! Think I'll pass on that myself. I'm a people person and like to converse with people. But some can be total asses but I just avoid them!

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Rooster 22 days ago

In response to “Naw! Think I'll pass on that myself. I'm a...

I find your strategy works just fine. ~)

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Dar 21 days ago

Interesting I guess.
I have dogs. They actually are alive and they actually love me and I love them.

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Budwick 22 days ago

In response to “Interesting I guess. I have dogs. They...

Especially when you "hose" them. (hehe)

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Dar 21 days ago

In response to “Especially when you "hose" them. (hehe)

Not going to let me live that down are you? (smile)

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Brianl 18 days ago

In response to “Not going to let me live that down are you?...

Nope...it's a woman's prerogative to remind men of their missteps...LoL (jolly)

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Dar 15 days ago

Hell I don't even own a working phone. Who the hell needs this?

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Tiffanee 22 days ago

In response to “Hell I don't even own a working phone. Who...

I'm willing to bet...millions. (hehe)

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Dar 21 days ago

I will confess that I did not read the longer part of your question, but just the first part about the app. In doing so, the first thing that popped in to my mind was, (and I'm not trying to be funny here)......what's the difference between that app and the life-sized **** dolls people use? Know what I mean? In the purest sense, how has that person become so detached from others and all form of emotional bond that they have become that rock in the river that all else flows around?
At least, that's my thought.

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Freeranger 22 days ago

In response to “I will confess that I did not read the longer...

I agree with your thought Freeranger. My thinking, too many people have already replaced personal interactions with technology. Soon, there will be no need to develop any social skills at all. Kind of a sad commentary on the future.

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Dar 21 days ago

In response to “I agree with your thought Freeranger. My...

It is......the progression in the tech world has led to the lack of interaction in our social world. We are building a world of isolation in our current generation, and a lack of personal interaction skills. The hood goes up, the ear buds go in and the face gets buried in the screen as they walk along.
Let them.
It's incumbent on the remainder of us to take of our own smaller circles where we celebrate and value human interaction.

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Freeranger 21 days ago

In response to “It is......the progression in the tech world...

Well said! (y)

I put forth a concerted effort to keep my seven grandchildren connected to family and involved in activities that require imagination. Everyone of them except the 2 year old has a android device and a gaming system. It's too easy for parents these days to use these items as babysitters.

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Dar 21 days ago

In response to “Well said! (y) I put forth a concerted...

I know. Well...perhaps more quality time with that favorite uncle and auntie

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Freeranger 21 days ago

In response to “I know. Well...perhaps more quality time...

Good Grief...LoL Nothing is scared or secret anymore.

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Dar 15 days ago

Sounds better than trying to talk to Siri

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OzSurfer 22 days ago

In response to “Sounds better than trying to talk to Siri

Maybe...LoL(hehe)

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Dar 21 days ago

In response to “Maybe...LoL(hehe)

(hehe) still, siri can be fun sometimes and also she's a cheap date as she never orders, she just tells you how far you are from home :)

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OzSurfer 21 days ago

In response to “(hehe) still, siri can be fun sometimes and...

Two valid points! Still, such applications kinda freak me out. I hate the thought of an inanimate object "thinking" it knows me. (no)

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Dar 21 days ago

In response to “Two valid points! Still, such applications...

I'm ok with that, i guess years of working in IT and programming, but give me a real person over technology any day.

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OzSurfer 21 days ago

In response to “I'm ok with that, i guess years of working in...

Indeed! ~)

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Dar 21 days ago

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