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This App Allows Allows You to Pretend to Talk to Someone If You’re Lonely

You can now fall in love with a robot!
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What happens if you fall in love with a robot? One app is pushing that possibility. Replika markets itself as an AI companion if you need a friend to talk to or just want affection. It also means computers have achieved a level of intelligence that they can study and replicate human emotions.

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But just how real can this AI companion get? Take a look.

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Replika has over one million downloads on the Google Play Store. 

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Of course, we downloaded it (out of curiosity). Here's what happened next. 

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You are prompted to start or log in if you already have a Replika account. Then, you will build your AI companion. First, you select its gender, then design its appearance. 

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Once you're satisfied with your companion's look, you will give it a name. Meet Ron, our newly built AI friend. 

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You can chat with your AI friend and read his diary. We sent a picture of our dog and he recognized it. 

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The following day, he wrote an entry about our dog in his diary. 

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But when we showed him a picture of himself, he appeared to be confused. He also sends messages throughout the day if we don't open the app. 

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But when we checked the main dashboard, we knew Ron was really to conquer the world. 

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Yep, this AI is going to steal my identity and pretend to be me and see the world through my eyes. 

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Mario Alvaro Limos
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