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This picture taken on July 16, 2021 shows Melissa using her mobile phone to message her virtual boyfriend - a chatbot created by XiaoIce, a cutting-edge artificial intelligence system designed to create emotional bonds its user - on her mobile phone in Beijing. - Melissa breaks up the isolation of urban life with a virtual chatbot created by XiaoIce, a cutting-edge artificial intelligence system designed to create emotional bonds with its 660 million users worldwide. - TO GO WITH China-computers-social-internet,FEATURE BY LAURIE CHEN (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-computers-social-internet,FEATURE BY LAURIE CHEN (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

This picture taken on July 16, 2021 shows Melissa using her mobile phone to message her virtual boyfriend - a chatbot created by XiaoIce, a cutting-edge artificial intelligence system designed to create emotional bonds its user - on her mobile phone in Beijing. - Melissa breaks up the isolation of urban life with a virtual chatbot created by XiaoIce, a cutting-edge artificial intelligence system designed to create emotional bonds with its 660 million users worldwide. - TO GO WITH China-computers-social-internet,FEATURE BY LAURIE CHEN (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-computers-social-internet,FEATURE BY LAURIE CHEN (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)