AI girlfriends are here – but there’s a dark side to virtual companions

I’m one of the few people who like the company parties. The virtual ones. They began during The Shift obviously and those early ones were a bit clunky but then when we got The Verse they got interesting. I remember when Chris was a superhero for the afternoon. And Jo got their avatar some real singing skills. The novelty has worn off for most now. A chore. But I like it. I can be part of the team, seen. Reflected glory I guess. Having a partner that witty and charming. They often ask what she looks like, really. I smile.