Dr. Robert Epstein fell in love with the woman of his dreams. The only problem was it wasn’t a real woman. He had been fooled by a computer chatbot. If anyone should have known better, it was Dr. Epstein. He’s a psychologist who specializes in relationships and love and he’s one of the world’s leading researchers in computer-human interactions.
Meet Michael. Michael is an addict. He is hopeless against his addiction and will do absolutely anything to get a fix. You might not even be able to tell that someone like Michael has a problem just by looking at him. He doesn’t look homeless or like he hasn’t bathed in days as some addicts do. He has a respectable job that he goes to every day.
The internet gives us new ways to connect with each other that we couldn’t imagine just 20 years ago. Instant communication through email, skype and social media is supposed to bring people together. It’s supposed to make keeping in touch easier, help spark new friendships, and help people rediscover old ones. It’s supposed to make the world a smaller place.