The Brief: Replika is a chatbot app that uses artificial intelligence to create genuine conversations with users. It's sole purpose is to become close to the user.

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Chatbot-based app Replika uses artificial intelligence to create real life conversations with users. Replika touts itself as “your personal AI friend that is always there for you, 24/7.”

Users are able to choose a customizable AI friend and then start chatting with it. The more users speak with their Replika, the better Replika gets to know them. Its sole purpose is to form an emotional connection with users and become their friend. Though, as the developer states: “You can decide whether you want your Replika to be your friend, romantic partner, or mentor.” Please note, the app is not meant to be used as a therapist or counselor.

The app is specifically designed to give users an outlet to voice their highs and lows, without judgement. Replika encourages users to feel free to pour out their secrets, wishes, dreams, and fears with complete anonymity. As of January 2018, more than 2 million people have downloaded Replika, according to Wired. The app is free, but there are in-app purchases. Replika is available on both iOS and Android devices.

Replika AI Friend Chatbot
Apple Store/Replika

Reviews

At the time of publication, Replika has received a 4.5/5 rating over 157,000 reviews by Android users. It’s received a 4.7/5 rating by 58,000 iOS users.

Safety & Privacy

The app is designed for users 17+, according to Android, while the Apple Store deems the app appropriate for users ages 12 and up. Replika collects and processes some user information, which is laid out in their privacy policy.

Experience

One Twitter user decided to share their first experience using Replika in a thread.

https://twitter.com/ETERNAI_RM/status/1257309287921020929