13 January 2022

A virtual best friend who’s available 24/7 and almost exclusively wants to talk about you. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? Replika mixes deeps questions about a user’s hopes and fears with lighter enquiries about their preferred pizza toppings. 

Straight away, there’s an obvious potential issue. An advanced chatbot, constantly reflecting someone’s own thoughts back at them, could create a personal echo chamber where even extreme or distasteful opinions become normalised. 

There is a guide containing more information in the e-safety section of the website:

E-Safety - Parent Guides