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  1. Donna E Levin
    October 20, 2021 @ 4:02 am

    I was not familiar with Replika. (Apparently spellcheck isn’t, either.) Does it have a physical body separate from the computer? It must, if it does some of the things it’s being criticized for.
    Scary, yet believable. I understand that Elon Musk and friends hope to live eternally by having their consciousnesses loaded up on similar platforms. Talk about wanting to pull the plug.
    Also, Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel *Klara and the Sun* imagines a world of AFs, or “artificial friends,” though as with *Never Let Me Go,* I felt he spent too much time on teen relationships that weren’t relevant to the main theme. Yeah, he’s still a genius.

    • Chickadee Prince
      June 21, 2022 @ 10:58 pm

      No physical body – just an avatar on your phone, or in an apartment you can visit in virtual reality. The next wave of AI friends will be in VR or in AR, probably not robots you’d recognize from the movies.