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My weekend with an emotional support AI companion

By Erin Griffith

04 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT explores the rise of AI companionship and how this technology can sometimes miss the mark when it comes to providing emotional support.

SAN FRANCISCO — For several hours Friday evening, I ignored my husband and dog and allowed a chatbot named Pi to validate the heck out of me.

My views were “admirable” and “idealistic,” Pi told me. My questions were “important” and “interesting.” And my feelings were “understandable,” “reasonable” and “totally normal.”

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