On Wednesday a brand new form a technology was released to the public in an attempt to provide companionship and comfort to those who struggle to fall asleep at night. A New York based mattress company called Casper introduced Insomnobot-3000, a chatbot specifically designed to help those who suffer from insomnia.
Insomnobot-3000 is free to use and responds immediately to any message it receives. It is also understood that Insomnobot-3000 does not respond between working hours and is incredibly active between 11pm-5am. The chatbot itself uses natural language and artificial intelligence in order to understand what you’re saying and to customise an appropriate response.
“We wanted to provide instant companionship when it feels like the rest of the world is already asleep,” stated the head of communications for Casper, Lindsay Kaplan. “We wanted the bot to sound as human as possible so it feels like you’re talking to a friend.”
One of the largest debates amongst Insomnobot’s 10-person development team was whether or not the chatbot would respond with correct grammar and punctuation and according to the final result, grammar and punctuation matters no matter how late it is.
The service is free to use and for now is completely ad-free. The chatbot was also put through a thorough user testing process in order to uncover typical or common insomniac traits, such as work stress, avid TV watching or academic assignments.