Posts Tagged: ERROR

The Dystopia Derby

You return from war, or maybe you're still fighting it. Either something in your psyche has gone dark or you're too dazed to tell. You are told to seek help and you agree. You don't feel guilty or embarrassed; the least the government can do for you is give you someone to talk to. You schedule an appointment or one is scheduled for you. You already feel lighter. The date approaches. The date arrives. You… turn on your webcam. Hmm, fine. You meet your doctor. Ok. Wait—no. Ellie is an avatar, a virtual therapist developed at USC with funding from DARPA, the Defense Department's advanced research center. And "people [...]