Tech Can Console the Lonely When Given Human Qualities

Can a robot posting to social media cure loneliness?
Is this little guy sabotaging your ability to overcome loneliness?

Confirming what fans of the 2013 movie Her already know, researchers have found that those who interact with life-like devices with complex artificial intelligence (AI) are less likely to seek out social interactions with other people. They wrote that designing products and automated services to be interactive and appear alive could be used to ease loneliness from social exclusion.

Whether a product is a social media network, humanoid robot or video game, if it is highly-interactive it may be soothing the effects of social exclusion in individuals.

However, they also warn that the spread of these anthropomorphic consumer products could also pose unknown risks to the social fabric of your community.

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