Ep. 140: AI Chatbots & Relationships Part 2

In today’s PART 2, examining AI chatbots and the relationships that people can develop with them, we dive into the deep waters of AI companion (or AI girlfriend/boyfriend) apps like Replika. As parents and Christians, there is much to be warned about and be discerning with regarding apps like these. And don’t worry, we did all the research needed for you! Kelly talks about her experience on Replika for one week and her AI ‘friendship,’ so you don’t have to test this one out to see if it is safe.

Check out our Brave Parenting Guide to Replika as well!

And Part 1 of this conversation if you haven’t listened.

Articles referenced:

The Man of Your Dreams
Everyday AI Chatbots are Changing How We Live and Work Today
Common Sense Media poll on AI
Parental Advisory: This Chatbot May Talk to Your Child About Sex and Alcohol
You Need to Talk to Your Kids About AI: Here Are Six Things You Should Say
When it Comes to AI, Let’s Move Fast and Fix Things
How AI Can Lead to Verbal Abuse and Unhealthy Attachments
AI Is Now Accessible to Everyone: 3 Things Parents Should Teach Their Kids
How Does AI Affect Kids? Psychologists Weigh In
The New Bing Told Our Reporter it ‘can feel or think things’
Kids Are Using ChatGPT to Socialize – and Parents Are Worried
Snapchat Tried to Make a Safe AI: It Chat With Me About Booze and Sex
AI-Human Relationships Are Flourishing-And This is Just the Beginning
AI Girlfriends Are Here-But There is a Dark Side to Virtual Companions

Books referenced:

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
Digital Liturgies by Samuel D. James

Scripture referenced:

Ezekiel 36:26
Hebrews 8:10
Matthew 9: 37-38
2 Timothy 4

Helpful articles for further reading:
The A to Z of Artificial Intelligence
What Does it Mean to be Human?


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