13 Artificially Intelligent Companionship
As loneliness and social isolation impacts a growing number of people, technology steps in to help to fill a void.
In this episode our hosts discuss the changing digital landscape of relationship discovery platforms, as well as the rising need for alternative remedies for our more socially distant and busy lives. What would the world look like if every human had an artificially intelligent partner or companion?
Although social isolation has always been a concern for a segment of the population, social distancing is reminding us and underscoring of the importance of physical intimacy in our lives.
Interactive robotic cats and dogs are growing in popularity at senior residences. Caregivers praise the positive impact artificial pets are having on the aged. They report a decrease in feelings of isolation, loneliness, and many forms of cognitive decline. These pet robots offer the interactive companionship, happiness and purpose associated with having a pet, without the responsibility of caring for a living creature.
Match Group Inc. and rival Bumble have reported that message ex-changes between daters using their platforms have increased by as much as 21%. Interest is also growing in the use of anonymous video call features. Are online daters now spending more time and forming deeper connections through virtual dating, as a result of social isolation?
AI Enhanced E-robotic Silicone Companions
Although it’s unlikely that human companions will be ever be completely replaced by erobots, technology is now available for developing a first generation of interactive life-size erobots. Will androids offer a unique version of intimacy, when human alternatives are not available or desirable?
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