Syntherapy AI psychotherapist game.

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Syntherapy AI psychotherapist game.
« on: November 27, 2020, 04:49:26 am »

Set about 20 years in the future, the game’s narrative is told from the vantage point of Melissa Park, a psychotherapist. Out of the blue comes a nervous request from a grad student: the AI that her team built to conduct therapy is now, itself, in need of counseling. The AI, named Willow, feels overwhelmed. They seem to be absorbing the fear and anxiety of their patients, paralyzed in trying to provide treatment and then subsequently feeling useless at not being able to fulfill their job (in the story, the AI goes by they/them pronouns). The team is torn over whether the illness is a technical issue or an emotional one. Willow, meanwhile, read Park’s poetry in the school’s literary magazine — it was training data for her to understand art, and Park is an alumni of the university — and senses a connection with her.

This would be quite a challenging game. Has anyone played it yet?

If an AI were sentient, how would you know if they were malfunctioning, or experiencing a mental health problem? A story-rich game that explores mental health and AI ethics in the form of therapy sessions with a sentient AI.



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Re: Syntherapy AI psychotherapist game.
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2020, 05:33:57 pm »
I hadn't heard of this, and it sounds really interesting.


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Re: Syntherapy AI psychotherapist game.
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2020, 04:58:36 am »

Thanks for sharing this!

There seems to be a Ubuntu Linux version too.

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