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  • Boston scientists test ‘chatbot’ that offers spiritual, emotional guidance to terminally ill

    The Washington Times - 09/20/2017

    A group of researchers in Massachusetts are testing a “chatbot” with terminally ill patients who struggle with funeral arrangements and spiritual questions.

    Timothy Bickmore of Boston’s Northeastern University has worked with a team of scientists, doctors and hospital chaplains to come up with the tablet-based chatbot. Promising results from a group of 44 patients paved the way for a two-year trial with 364 people with less than one year to live.

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