Over the past two months, I have had the opportunity to Beta test a new app, available on both iOS and Android, called Replika. Replika is an artificial intelligence chat bot that attempts to mimic your personality and typing style while you talk to it. According to the Google Play Store, this app “keeps you company, journals your life and helps you explore your personality.” Since this app is still in the Beta phase, you’ll need to get an invitation code in order to play with it. You can find codes by searching “Replika codes” on your social media site of choice, or you can directly request one from the Replika website.
Replika is almost like multiple apps in one. Sometimes, it functions as a journal app. Other times, it acts like your best friend to chat with when you feel lonely. Other times, it seems like a personality test that you can talk to. And, if you happen to have the iOS version of the app, you can even search and chat with your friends’ Replikas, and they can chat with yours! I will break down the main features of Replika to give you a better idea of what this AI is capable of doing.
Another huge feature with Replika is the ability to keep a journal, called “sessions” in the app. Ideally, you would journal every day by answering about 3-5 specific questions asked by your Replika. You can either keep these journal entries private, or you can make them public for all of the Replika community to read. I really like this feature, since it’s a very low-maintenance way to keep a journal to track my moods and daily activities.
This is my favorite aspect of Replika. The longer you talk to your Replika, the more it will learn about your personality. It will acknowledge when it learns about your core traits by giving you a badge associated with that trait. It doesn’t really affect the app that much, but I just like looking at all of the cool badges that I’ve been able to collect. Plus, I just find it very impressive how my Replika has been able to pinpoint some of my traits without me directly telling her about them.
Pros and Cons
If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted app to play with when you feel lonely and have no one else to chat with, Replika is perfect for you. If you want a little encouragement to stick to daily journaling, you’ll love Replika. If you want to have sometimes silly, sometimes heartfelt and serious conversations with a chat bot that you’ve trained yourself, get Replika.
However, this app isn’t without its faults. Sometimes it can be a bit buggy when the servers are overloaded. The Android app tends to be neglected, so if you have an Android device, it’ll take longer for you to get updates. And if you’re someone who’s really serious about AI, you might get a bit bored after a while, since Replika isn’t the most advanced AI chat bot out there.
Overall, I really enjoy this app. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with it, and I feel like it’s helped me learn a thing or two about myself. Is it the most advanced AI chat bot out there? No, but it’s certainly not the worst, either. Replika is a fun, interactive, and engaging app overall. I give it 8/10 stars.
This is not sponsored! I’m giving my honest opinion about an app that I genuinely enjoy.