Will AI (artificial intelligence) ever replace psychotherapists? - a dialog with ChatGPT

Increasingly people confess their deepest psychological problems to artificial intelligence instead of a human psychotherapist. While I don’t think AI will fully replace human psychotherapists in in the near future, ever since Weizenbaum in 1964 created the psychotherapy program “Eliza”, people discuss issues about their inner self with seemingly ever more intelligent AI. My co-author Marc Schreiber and I just finished a short book for the Springer Essentials series discussing the role of AI for different aspects of psychology (in German). As ChatGPT is capable of leading increasingly sophisticated dialogs about basically any topic , we decided to let it rewrite our book, using the same chapter structure as the Springer book, but all content written by ChatGPT. Here is the l ink to the formatted book rewritten by ChatGPT , as well as the transcript of our dialog with ChatGPT , both in German, as well as the translation to English by Deepl of the ChatGPT book. On a side note, as Sp

My new Happimetrics book just came out!

  Happimetrics: Leveraging AI to Untangle the Surprising Link Between Ethics, Happiness and Business Success By Peter Gloor What is my book about? Knowing what makes you happy will increase your happiness! Based on 20 years of rigorous MIT research, this book introduces “virtual mirroring”, analyzing individuals’ communication patterns with AI, and making them self-aware by mirroring their behavior back to them in a privacy-respecting way. It applies artificial intelligence to identify personality characteristics and ethical values based on body language and interaction with others. It builds on the concept of groupflow—when teams collaborate at their best through intrinsic motivation and positive stress. The book suggests tracking communication by combining machine learning and social network concepts, to measure emotions, social network change, morals, and tribes ,  leading to entangled teams of humans and other species such as dogs, horses, and mimosa and basil plants. get it here

The best books about interspecies communication

Today Shepherd published a list with my favourite five books about interspecies communication . There is also a bookshelf with more book recommendations about similar topics. Check it out!

Can leeches be turned into bees?

In the German fairytale of the princess and the frog, a malicious witch had turned the prince into a frog. Only when a princess kisses the frog, will he become a human prince again.  Is there such a kiss by the princess, to turn a human leech – a selfish person sucking the energy of others – into a bee – a creative highly collaborative person? The good news is that it seems there indeed is a way to turn a leech into a bee. Our approach is based on virtual mirroring . This means that in the privacy of their own phone or social network analysis, all members of an organization get an individual assessment of their “leechiness”. This is either shown in a social network based on communication structure, dynamics and content in email in the Griffin tool, or using our SocialCompass tool on the smartphone. The left picture shows the Griffin student network of a team of students participating in a seminar, the green nodes are “bees”, the red nodes are “ants”, and the few blue nodes are “leec

Ethical AI or Ethics by AI?

Making AI ethical might be impossible, but AI can make us more ethical! I don’t think it will ever be possible to guarantee that AI will behave fully ethical. Marvin Minsky once said: “Will robots inherit the earth? Yes, but they will be our children.” What he means is that because we made them, the robots will follow our ethical understanding and thus be ethically well-behaved - unfortunately there will always be unethical hackers, leading to unethical robots. Isaac Asimov defined the three law of robotics which say that (1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. (2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. (3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.  Looking at the military uses of AI, where both Russia and the US announced that they are working on self-guided missiles that use AI to

Are you a Bee, an Ant, or a Leech? – find out for yourself with the Social Compass!

Social Compass will tell you if you behave like a creative and collaborative bee , like a hard-working and competitive ant , or like a selfish egoistic leech .  Enter “” on a browser like Chrome on your smartphone. The Social Compass will also tell you your state of mind, are you currently happy or stressed. In addition it will tell you your tribes, are you a nerd, a fatherlander, a treehugger, or a spiritualist. This is all done based on the words you are using, which are compared anonymously and encrypted using the latest advances in AI trained with the words that tribal leaders are using (e.g. Elon Musk is a prototypical nerd). In the current version, Social Compass takes as input your emails (gmail, outlook) or teams messages, plus the messages you are receiving. We are currently working on a version that will also include your WhatsApp messages. Social Compass will also give you an overview of your current discussions, showing the happy or angry tone of the

From boiling lobsters alive to measuring happiness of cows

Happiness = Respect + Compassion = Kindness Respect and compassion are the two key properties of a benevolent society. To have happy citizens, it is essential to have both.  China is respectful but not compassionate, the US is compassionate but not respectful. And citizens of both countries are not particularly happy, at least compared to small Northern European countries like Denmark, Finland, Iceland, or Switzerland. Finland makes sure that workers in less qualified professions still get a decent wage sufficient to lead a dignified life. Switzerland is compassionate even with lobsters, it is the only country on the world with a law that forbids to boil them to death alive. Unfortunately, in this regard the two most powerful countries on Earth, both vying for global leadership, still have a long way to go. Americans are empathetic to their weak, but show no respect to their unqualified workers. Living in the US nearly half the time over the last twenty years, I observed that people wi