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After Breakups, the Brokenhearted Are Creating AI Clones of Their Exes

After Breakups, the Brokenhearted Are Creating AI Clones of Their Exes

[ad_1] There’s an episode of the show “Black Mirror” where a woman, trapped by grief, starts a relationship with an AI trained on her dead boyfriend’s data.  “You’re not enough of him,” she eventually decides. “You’re nothing.” But even an empty happily-ever-after is tantalizing in the bleakness of 2024. AI platforms like ChatGPT claim to offer infinite solutions to infinite problems, from parking tickets to homework — and apparently now heartbreak as well. That’s right: if you’re still hung up after a breakup, now you can plug your ex’s emails and texts into a large language model, and date the simulacrum instead of moving on. There are signs of the trend across the web. An AI-powered app called Talk to Your Ex, currently on waitlist, gives instructions on how to “import your ex’s chats into the app so you can still text/date her even though she dumped you.” On social media, reports of the brokenhearted Frankensteining together emulations of their exes using public tools are sources of both fascination and derision. “My ex and I …

‘I’m broken-hearted’: customers mourn the end of Wilko | Retail industry

[ad_1] The mood in the Wilko in Lewisham Shopping Centre is sombre on Thursday afternoon as dozens of customers ponder whether this visit might be their last now that the budget retailer has officially entered administration. The south-east London branch is one of about 400 across the country facing the threat of closure after rescue talks failed, putting 12,000 jobs across the business at risk. Signs are evident of the recent problems the chain has been having with its suppliers, with gaps on shelves in the pick-and-mix and stationery sections. But judging by shoppers’ reactions, there is still great affection for the brand and it will be sorely missed if it does disappear. “I’m really broken-hearted that they’re going to go,” says Maggie Callaghan, 69. “They always do a good offer on things like washing liquid, bin bags, organic products and stationery – and they’ve got plants too. I mean, I’m retired now, so I’m always looking for offers!” ‘They always do a good offer’: Maggie Callaghan in Wilko in Lewisham. Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian …