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On Friendship: Should We Befriend Artificial Intelligence?

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In this paper, I argue that human friendships are superior to AI friendships on the grounds of well-being. In particular, I focus on how friendship influences our overall well-being. To justify my argument, I will parse out the following two claims in their respective sections:
(1) We ought to befriend people because they enable us to have more enriching friendships;
(2) We ought not to befriend AI because we will only ever be using it as a mere means, thereby reducing the quality of our friendships.
Hand-in-hand, both arguments are meant to vindicate the intuition that human relationships ought to be prioritized over human-to-AI ones.
Honours Thesis for the B.A. Philosophy program.
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