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‘Better than a real man’: Young women in one country turn to AI boyfriends

ByPimpHesus

Feb 13, 2024

(Photo by Dinu J Nair on Unsplash)

(THE MOUNTAINEER) — Twenty-five-year-old Chinese office worker Tufei says her boyfriend has everything she could ask for in a romantic partner: he’s kind, empathetic, and sometimes they talk for hours.

Except he isn’t real.

Her “boyfriend” is a chatbot on an app called “Glow”, an artificial intelligence platform created by Shanghai start-up MiniMax that is part of a blossoming industry in China offering friendly — even romantic — human-robot relations.

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