To teach people how to responsibly and respectfully flirt and sext, an iOS app called Juicebox built an AI chatbot — aptly named Slutbot.
Slutbot can break the ice with users before jumping into mechanically-stilted dirty talk speckled with questions and comments about comfort zones and consent, according to The New York Times. The idea of getting intimate with a chatbot might seem odd, but the idea is that Slutbot will help people learn to navigate those conversations without the risk of alienating or insulting another person.
Algorithms tend to reflect the biases, conscious or not, of the people who program them or provide their training data — a troubling notion for AI meant to help people discuss sex and intimacy.
But the people behind the sexy chatbot told the NYT that they worked to be as considerate as possible of people’s identities, preferences, and personal needs.
“As a queer woman collaborating with sex educators and erotic fiction writers, we were the right people to think through these concerns,” Juicebox founder Brianna Rader told The NYT.
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