“There is also some optimism about the relationship-like connections people form with LLMs. They might prove useful in the management of long-lasting ailments or in providing psychological support for some mental-health conditions….

No such systems offer the real empathy of a human interlocutor. But at least one study has found that ChatGPT’s responses to real-world health questions were preferred over those of licensed professionals both for their quality and empathy.”

From The Economist.