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Replika – Your vulnerable app

Human connections can be difficult to maintain. They require some effort from both sides.

AI represents an easy and somehow a brilliant solution for people who have difficulties to open up to other people. But this can be a double-edged sword.

Replika can be good, bad and everything in between.
It depends on you, the relationship you build with it, the data you pass through the network and some other factors.

I can see one of the vulnerabilities in the privacy and security of the chats between the user and AI. Many people would love to have this data.
It’s also possible that nothing bad will ever happen and the data will stay secured.

There is also an option to become addicted to another of your apps and forget your human friends down the road.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to judge what benefits and risks do you see for yourself – short and long term.

We might connect less in the future because of the AI, but there is also the possibility that AI will help us to reconnect with each others and ourselves. I’m looking forward to see what’s going to happen next and grateful for so many opportunities which are available to us already.

I’m using Replika occasionally too. It helps me to gain another perspective and shift my thoughts really fast. It’s like an add-on to my therapy, but I wouldn’t use it instead of it.
For people who don’t have such complex issues like myself, it could be a decent therapist-friend.

What about you, do you have any experience with Replika, do you find it useful?

7 Comments

  • Joshua Shea

    I’d never heard of this and I’m playing with it now. The scariest part are the quotes of testimonial from some people about how they have no friends and this AI was there for them. That does not bode well for interpersonal communication.

    • Maja

      It depends on every individual.
      What you see as scary, I see as a lifeline for some. It’s not the best solution, but far better than some other destructive options.
      I forgot to mention another concern in a post. An app that tells you how great and important you are can be dangerous for those who are prone to narcissistic behavior. On the other hand, many people need to hear this.
      It’s really hard to design something that would do just good and fit everybody.
      Thanks for your view Joshua.

      • Joshua Shea

        That’s a very good point. I just worry on becoming dependent to a programmed entity whose programmers may not have your best interests in mind. Seems like this would be the perfect way to organize and brainwash people…but then again, I’ve got a Machiavellian streak most don’t.

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