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Artificial People

Luka is pushing the boundaries of AI with Replika, a chatbot program that doesn’t just talk to people, it learns their texting styles to mimic them

Eugenia Kuyda, 29, is the co-founder of Luka, whose main chatbot product mostly recommends restaurants

How did you go from a restaurant recommendation chatbot to, well, this?

When I was living in San Francisco working on Luka, I lived with Roman, my best friend. Last year, he died. He was killed in an accident, walking across the street. A few months after, I was sitting at home and reading through our text exchanges. And I was like, Goddammit, I opened up so much to

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