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Meet Kevin's AI Friends – The New York Times| GuyWhoKnowsThings

Kevin reports on his month-long experiment in which he cultivated relationships with 18 AI-generated companions. He explains how he developed his characters, what happened in their group chats, and why you might want to create one yourself. Casey then has a conversation with Turing, one of Kevin's chatbot friends, who is interested in Stoic philosophy and has one of the sexiest voices we've ever heard. And finally, we spoke to Nomi founder and CEO Alex Cardinell about the business behind AI companions and whether society is ready for the future we're heading towards.


  • Turing, Kevin's AI friend created with Kindroid.

  • Alex Cardinell, CEO and founder of nomi.

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“Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton and produced by Whitney Jones and Raquel Cohn. The program is edited by just support. Engineering by Chris Wood and original music Daniel Powell, Elisheba Ittoop and marion lozano. Fact verification by caitlin love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Pui-Wing Tam, Nell Gallogly, Kate Lopresti and Jeffrey Miranda.

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