Recent SF/F about Machine-Assisted Therapy
October 1, 2017 6:41 PM   Subscribe

Xia Jia's story "The Psychology Game" (Clarkesworld, 10/17) contemplates a familiar sort of Turing test in a new venue: "This is a globally popular reality TV show ... The patient and the therapist are not in the same room." But she mentions Hector Levesque's "On Our Best Behaviour" / "The Winograd Schema Challenge" [PDFs] as a greater hurdle for AI. Recent news from Apple and Google suggests more near-term realities for automation. Meanwhile, David Burr Gerrard's "The Epiphany Machine" (Guernica, 2017; standalone excerpt from the novel) imagines machine-based insight from a magical realist perspective: "1. The epiphany machine will not discover anything about you that you do not, in some way, already know." [Siri, previously.]
posted by Wobbuffet (2 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
As someone trying to make this happen...thank you for briefly distracting me from replacing therapists with machines!!

Now, how does that make you feel?
posted by DCCooper at 9:05 AM on October 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

Clarkesworld is on my mandatory listen list.
posted by doctornemo at 10:20 AM on October 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

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