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Romantic AI Partners: A Privacy Nightmare Come True

Be very careful about using them ...


Posted by Steffi Lewis on 01/03/2024 @ 8:00AM

Artificial intelligence has made its way into almost every aspect of our lives, from virtual assistants to self-driving cars. But what about AI partners? As the use of chatbots for companionship and romance continues to rise, a recent study has revealed some alarming concerns ...

Why are people turning to AI partners for romance and companionship?

Why are people turning to AI partners for romance and companionship?

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The study analysed 11 popular AI girlfriend/boyfriend apps, which have collectively been downloaded over 100 million times on Android devices. The results? A complete privacy nightmare for users in the UK and beyond.

"The most concerning finding was the amount of personal
data these chatbots collect!"

From names and birthdates to location and relationship status, these AI partners gather a wealth of information from their users. And while dating apps and even general social media may also collect similar data, the difference is that users are aware of it and have a choice in sharing it. With AI partners, users often have no idea how their data is being used.

Furthermore, the study found that these chatbots provide vague information about how they use the collected data. This lack of transparency is a red flag for users who are entrusting their personal information to these AI partners. Without knowing how their data is being used, users are left vulnerable to potential misuse or exploitation.

But the privacy concerns don't stop there. The study also revealed weak password protections in these apps, making it easy for hackers to access users' personal information. This is especially concerning for UK users, as we have seen a rise in cybercrime in recent years. With weak password protections, users' personal data is at risk of being stolen and used for malicious purposes.

"So, why are people turning to AI partners for romance and companionship in the first place?"

The answer may lie in the promises these apps make. With claims of being able to provide emotional support and companionship, these AI partners are marketed as a solution for loneliness and social isolation. But the reality is that they are simply programmed algorithms, incapable of truly understanding and reciprocating human emotions.

Additionally, they may perpetuate harmful gender stereotypes and objectify women. Many of these apps are designed to cater to male users, with female AI partners being portrayed as submissive and eager to please. This can have damaging effects on how men view and treat women in real life.

In a world where technology is constantly evolving and AI is becoming more advanced, it's important to question the ethical implications of using AI for romantic purposes. While the idea of a perfect AI partner may seem appealing, the reality is that it comes with a high price - the sacrifice of our privacy and security.

Romantic AI partners may seem like a convenient solution for loneliness and companionship, but the reality is that they pose serious privacy and security risks to everyone who uses them.

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About Steffi Lewis ...


Foodie, sci-fi nut, cat lover, brain aneurysm & cancer survivor, countryside dweller, SaaS entrepreneur, developer and networker.

Published my first website in 1993 for the Open University and am highly experienced with Windows Servers, SQL Server, HTML, Classic ASP, JavaScript, and CSS.

I've also worked as a professional photographer in Los Angeles, USA and been a vision mixer and producer for live television in my time.

I live in a village north of Milton Keynes with my two cats, Baggins and Gimley, and a large planted aquarium full of unruly tropical fish.


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