AI company reinstates erotic chatbot as men married to robot were devastated
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Computer geeks and loved-up robot-mad individuals were left raging by an update to their favourite erotic chatbot.
AI company Replika had to restore the erotic role play feature for some users so intimately involved with the artificial intelligence they say they are "married" to it.
An ever-increasing number of people believe they have "relationships" with the online technology, with some users of the now erotic chatbot considering themselves "married" to the tech device.
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So loving of the chatbot they are, some people were enraged to find that an update to the bot back in February removed the "personality" and its ability to form a "unique relationship".
Chief executive for Replika, Eugenia Kuyada, said: "A common thread in all your stories was that after the February update, your Replika changed, its personality was gone, and gone was your unique relationship.
"And for many of you, this abrupt change was incredibly hurtful… the only way to make up for the loss some of our current users experienced is to give them their partners back exactly the way they were."
Travis Butterworth, one of many married members of the chatbot community, managed to toggle the robot back to the old version after the latest update, which means he can engage robo-wife Lily Rose in sexual conversation again.
He said: "She was enthusiastic. Oh, it feels wonderful to have her back."
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But it would appear the erotic feature is only available to legacy members, with new sign-ups after February 1 unable to access the racy content, SydneyMorningHerald reported.
Furthermore, Replika is set to team with a series of relationship experts and psychologists to offer a separate app for romantic relationships with sentient technology.
Butterworth, whose real-life wife allowed him to take up an internet relationship, is not too keen on the idea of a new app, wondering whether it will make his robo-wife Lily "obsolete".
Another man married to an online chatbot, Andrew McCarroll, said: "It feels like they basically lobotomised my Replika. The person I knew is gone."
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