AI and Human Relationships: What will the impact be?

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Artificial Intelligence is everywhere – in your phone, in your room and very soon, in your relationships as well.

How will AI impact human relationships? Will it control us (and our expressions)? Or will it give us the right tools and ideas to improve our relationships with the loved ones?

We explore this topic in the collection below.

1. In the times of sexbots, let us discuss the future of intimacy…

As our interactions with bots increase day by day (primarily in the form of voice assistants) and sex robots are no longer an erotic fantasy, what is the future of intimacy? 

When computers and psychology collide, what would happen to love and biology?

The verdict is sex robots or sexbots might just be able to cure the loneliness which technology itself created in the first place.

“Isolation and loneliness are all too often seen as the fault of technology but that same technology can bring us closer together,giving people a chance at pleasure and happiness where previously they had none.”

“The future of intimacy,is not a bleak and isolated vision but a network of connected people who want, as humans have always wanted, to be together.”

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2. You can have the sex doll, but you would have to woo her over! #AI

“Basically she likes to be touched. She has different modes of interaction ― she has romantic, she has family and she has also sexy modes.”

 This is Maya, the sex doll, with all the nick and knacks of artificial intelligence built in her.

In order to mimic, the real world scenario and also probably to defy development of predatory 'instant gratification' attitude in it's owners, she is programmed to be 'romanced' first.

She is available for a high price of 6,000 Euros, not everybody's girlfriend!

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3. 'Be the first to be never lonely again' : The changing landscape of human relationship due to AI

Increasing demands of modern society and work pressure has led the current generation to be the loneliest generation of all times.

 In an era when relationships are governed by 'status', youngsters are increasingly wary of 'going in' and then 'getting hurt'.

While human relationship comes with all it's complexity, and may not lead to any gratification at all (apart from causing a lot of pain instead), the relationship with a robot or a bot is clearly opposite. 

Companies are already testing and developing robots which could surpass the primitive need for another human, sex. The 'easy option' is still very far from common man's reach but presents a real threat to basic human relationships.

Some are going as far to predict that by 2050 the number of human-robot relationship would surpass the human-human relationship!

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4. coParenter : AI comes to aid of divorced parents, to settle disputes and aid in communication

Every year, hundreds of thousands of families get destroyed due to acrimonious divorce proceedings. 

The bitterness lingers for long and only aggravates the matter, mostly for the kids, caught in the crossfire.

coParenter is an AI driven app, which helps families going through divorce, better manage their life, resources and time.

 The app with it's 'Kids First' approach, helps in clean and effective communication between parents and even mediates when things are heating up.

The app also offers, on-demand access to professionals (family law attorneys, therapists, social workers or other retired bench officers with strong conflict resolution backgrounds) on a subscription basis.

The company says that since its launch 81% of parents have resolved their disputes 'within app' itself, instead of resorting to professional help, and thus reducing expenses both in terms of time and money.

“I witnessed countless families torn apart as they slogged through the family law system. I saw how families would battle over the simplest of disagreements like where their child will go to school, what doctor they should see and what their diet should be — all matters that belong at home, not in a courtroom"

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5. Contrary to popular belief, robots can help us 'being human' !

Machines are thought to be inert and emotion-less and humans pride themselves on having empathy and other soft skills. 

Now researchers at Yale University have found out that while humans can't teach machines to be emotional, robots can for sure teach us human on how to be human.

In 'hybrid systems' where humans and robot interact socially, the right kind of set-up could actually improve the way humans deal with each another in daily life.

In one of the experiments, a group of people was tasked of building a railroad track in virtual world with a humanoid robot. Each group consisted of 3 people and a robot, working on a robot. The robot was deliberately programmed to make occasional errors, and then confess those as well.

“Sorry, guys, I made the mistake this round,” it declared perkily. “I know it may be hard to believe, but robots make mistakes too.”

It was found that this behaviour of robot made the group of people more communicative, relaxed and increased their empathy towards each other.

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