Many of us could use a professional to talk to. But therapists are expensive, and it’s hard to get an appointment. Luckily, artificial intelligence is here to save us.  

A team of UCLA researchers claim to have the solution: the world’s first AI therapist. No more waiting rooms, small talk, or copays. Just log in and start chatting. 

Meet Textpert Empathetic Virtual Interface (T.E.V.I.), currently being developed by Textpert, a UCLA-based team of AI researchers, in collaboration with USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. The researchers estimate that the software will be maintaining full conversations by the end of 2018, and be working full-time as a therapist by the end of 2019. It’ll cost $9.99 per month, which is hundreds of dollars less than most people will spend on a therapist.   Read more…

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