This article written by Oscar Schwartz explores dating simulations and the world of the people who fall in love with an AI, despite knowing that they are no more than programs.
Dating simulations are gathering a bigger following, not only in Japan, but also in other parts of the world. Dating sims are not just increasing, they are also becoming more advanced, enough to make users fall in love.
Implications for AI
Dating sims are generally frowned upon, but in a technologically advanced country like Japan, there is greater tolerance and acceptance for it. Is this a glimpse into a world where humans and AI co-exist?
While it is easy for humans today to distinguish what is real and what is not, this distinction will slowly become blurred as natural language processing advances, and characters become more interactive and realistic. Are we being programmed to accept co-existence with AIs through these dating sims? Or is this phenomenon an indication of the disconnection people in the society are experiencing despite the advances in communication technology?