AI ‘friend’ and online ‘therapist’ Replika helped students avoid suicide, study finds

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Artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots that can impersonate real-life people and generate human-like responses have been found to help struggling students avoid suicide, according to a recent survey. The research, published in Nature, was a relatively small study conducted by experts at Stanford University, California, among 1,006 students using Intelligent Social Agent (ISA) Replika, an AI tool which can elicit deep emotional bonds with users. Researchers found that participants were more lonely than the typical student populations but “still perceived high social support” through the use of R…

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