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Li Kaixiang, a JD.com programmer, developed a chatbot to aid his relationship because he simply had no time to talk to his girl as much as she would’ve liked. The chatbot would work 24/7 to whisper sweet nothings and ensure the flames of passion were kept burning.

“Because I’ve been so busy at work I often ignore my girlfriend’s messages, so I couldn’t help but put together this program, which automatically replies to WeChat messages 24 hours a day. On my way home from work I saw they exchanged 300 messages. It’s possible I’ve already been replaced.”

-Li Kaixiang

Here’s how the conversation between the lovebirds went:

Source: Screenshot from Weibo.

His girlfriend got suspicious when her boyfriend replied a little too fast — she knew her man through and through.

However, the bot was well equipped enough to play dumb. Now that’s some serious coding.

Code, please.

Netizens were so impressed with this software engineer’s ingenuity that they asked him for the source code— probably to placate their own neglected partners. Afterall, a romantic text from your partner is always liable to make your day brighter.

“Can you teach my husband how to write this program? I want this chatbot”, — One commentor on Li’s original post.


Others even argued that chatting to a bot might have been more stimulating than an actual boyfriend, “Is it really a boyfriend that I lack? What I lack is a chatbot”.

– Ouch.

 

Too busy to date?

Remember Her (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/her/reviews/?page=2&type=user )? The movie that portrayed a believable emotional relationship between Theodore and his operating system, OS One, later known as Samantha (voiced by a husky Scarlett Johansson).

They had a conversation that went something like this:

Theodore: You seem like a person, but you’re just a voice in a computer.

Samantha: I can understand how the limited perspective of an artificial mind might perceive it that way. You’ll get used to it.

Li might have been onto something here. Although we can’t confirm if this couple are still an item when this article was written, we can’t help but feel for the guy. He clearly just wanted things to work out with his lady while grinding through the notorious but commonplace ‘996’ lifestyle (https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccafannin/2019/05/05/why-chinas-996-work-culture-makes-sense-right-now/) that comes with working in China’s tech industry.

Here’s how the movie went down if you haven’t watched it already: