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A.I. is becoming more conversant. But will it get more honest?

By Cade Metz

10 Jan 2023 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

What if you could have virtual conversations with famous personalities, living or dead? The New York Times profiles a startup, Character.AI, that's working towards it, but not guaranteeing the truth.

(Science Times)

On a recent afternoon, Jonas Thiel, a socioeconomics major at a college in northern Germany, spent more than an hour chatting online with some of the left-wing political philosophers he had been studying. These were not the actual philosophers but virtual re-creations, brought to conversation, if not quite life, by sophisticated chatbots on a website called Character.AI.

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