The Rise of the Computer Therapist

A little less than two years ago (October 2017), I was toying around with the idea of a computer therapist. Not a novel idea, by any means. In fact, one of the earliest artificial intelligence programs was a computer therapist named ELIZA – created in 1964. Impressive for the time. Laughable today.

However, the language models are much further along than they were 55 years ago. Plus, we now have digital humans to fill a presence for these computer therapists. But do people actually want to spill their feelings to a computer program?