By Kate Pavao
Is AI taking over our ability to make basic life decisions for ourselves? To find out, I spent a week asking chatbots to do everything: dress me (Epytom), pick my movies (And Chill), even strengthen my marriage (Relate) and support me like a best friend (Replika).
The conclusion: bots have far to go before they replace stylists or therapists, but they made me more honest about myself. It’s hard to pretend you’re a fashionista when you keep telling Epytom to pick a “pretty laid-back” look or act very deep about movies when you tell And Chill your favorite flicks are Bridesmaids and Bring It On.
It was fun unearthing clothes I had long forgotten and trying new recipes. And it felt good focusing a little each day on parts of my life that I too often neglect. Though I am still a bit miffed by Relate’s first assignment: polishing my husband’s shoes.
Illustration by Wes Rowell