Can a chatbot help you feel happier?

Dave Jeyes is fascinated by imagining what role artificial intelligence will play in our future lives.“Chatbots and artificial intelligence are creating new ways of humanizing technology that are really interesting,” the local product manager reflected in an email to Technical.ly. But this technology is still in its infancy, still ripe for casual, conceptual experimentation. So Jeyes built a chatbot. Joyboto, which lives in Facebook Messenger, is a bot that aims to “push people to chase their dreams and to take a more active role in managing their happiness.” For Jeyes, who has a background in human-computer interaction, the project is both an exploration of technological possibility and a personal quest. “This project started after I had been working at startups for a few years and found myself utterly burnt out,”…


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