It's an understatement to say that technology has forever changed how humans relate to each other, and society at large. Instant and asynchronous communication makes us far more efficient and productive, but perhaps less empathetic — after all, evolution wired us to interpret the nuances of facial cues, not emoji.
Are we facing new challenges our ancestors could never have foreseen, or is it just more of the same inter-generational miscommunication we've suffered for thousands of years? In a world where bots and social media notifications serve as conversation lubricant, is it so far-fetched to imagine a near-future where simulated versions of ourselves communicate with loved ones on our behalf? And what does that mean for personhood, companionship, and social norms around intimacy as we currently understand them?