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I see a future where, like AI companions, you are given an AI audience and you, knowing its an AI audience, still feel elated. When I was younger, I was an only child who got lost in the one player worlds of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Don't be surprised if more people choose to withdraw into similar, quasi-parasocial realms.

I say quasi-parasocial because the AI will listen more closely to you than your closest friend possibly could.

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