The latest news from the Solar System. In this issue:
- from our Jupiter correspondent – Will AI therapists make human psychologists obsolete?
- from SevCol announcements – Warning: Gas attacks on ships!
- from our correspondent at Alpha Centauri – Pope receives noodles from the public
Last friday, thousands of psychologists on the moons of Jupiter went on strike to protest the new health policy of UniHealth, the biggest provider of health insurance in the Jovian system. Unihealth now offers completely free access to the AI therapist service ‘Psychologist Taylor’ to their customers. The human psychologists are afraid they will loose their clients if an AI service is so easily available.
Apps and automated services that offer psychological support through an AI have been around for some time now, but they always have been paid services. For many people, services like these might be easier to turn to than a human psychologist, and thefore the frequent use of these services is often endorsed through health insurance policies. The advantages of an AI therapist service are clear: you have your own therapist available 24 hours a day, always there if you need someone to talk to, always in a good mood, and remembers every word you have ever said. An AI therapist has basically got all the knowledge there is about psychotherapy and the human mind, and can guide the patient through the same steps as a professional therapist. Everything the patient says gets calculated in a way to get the proper response, which an AI of course does as fast as any human. An AI therapist can handle millions of patients, and learn from all of them.
But will human therapists ever go obsolete? Human therapists do need sleep, vacation, and pay, and their memory is not perfect. However, simply the presence of another human being can make a great difference if you need somebody to talk to. Humans do need humans, especially in times of need. Although an AI therapist has all the knowledge needed and the ability to adjust, they are not real humans, despite the advances in holographic projection.
We would love to hear from our readers what you think about AI therapist services like Psychologist Taylor, and if you think human psycholgists will ever get obsolete.
Warning to all shipping:
Security footage from the recently recovered CSS “Hands of Compassion” has surfaced, showing unknown attackers boarding the vessel and incapacitating the crew using some form of gas canister.
The “Hands of Compassion” was presumed lost three weeks ago on her route from Saturn to Lucis. She was found adrift yesterday by a prospecting vessel traveling the lesser-used gates.
On-board cameras record the events, which some readers would experience as shocking. A group of unidentified men and women breach the airlock, throwing canisters towards the defending crew-members. The defenders are quickly incapacitated by an invisible gas.
SevCol Security is certain no traces of tranquilizing gas have been found aboard, which means whatever substance was used breaks down rapidly. This is further supported by footage revealing unidentified attackers, without any air supply or filtration, removing the incapacitated crew not 10 minutes after the attack.
All shipping is advised to be aware of these events. Updates to follow as soon as information becomes available.
The Pope, currently visiting the reclusive Lux planet, has received a noodle meal from a member of the Lux populace. He got this while receiving a tour by the Lucis Patrons. The pope received the meal with a smile on his face from resident noodle-maker Xin Lui. The 71-year old pope told he missed eating noodles anonymously in Chinese restaurants. Xin Lui told SNN he put yellow noodles into the recipe, since the Vatican flag is yellow too.