The chatbot, called Woebot, has been developed by researchers from Woebot Labs in San Francisco.It runs through Facebook Messenger, and acts as a personal therapist to help address users' mental health challenges, including depression and anxiety.Last year, Microsoft was forced to shut down its chatbot, Tay, after the system became corrupted with hate speech.
Naturally curious I answered and a semblance of a normal conversation followed. Like I said, the conversation started normally, until the bot started mentioning that it does private cam shows.
I said I don't like watching camgirls, but the bot just prattles on and even giving me a link (didn't click on it obviously).
The results showed that Woebot was successfully able to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – the most effective treatment for mood-based disorders.
Students who used Woebot also reported a significant reduction in their symptoms of depression and anxiety, and said that the chatbot made them feel empathised with.
Scroll down for video To assess how effective the chatbot is, the researchers tested Woebot on students suffering from anxiety and depression.