Genuinely cute or digitally fake? How these ’emotional’ Korean AI idols sparked a robo vs human debate

AI idols, like SUPERKIND's Seung, challenge preconceptions by engaging in "cyber gossip," blurring lines between virtual and real. The surprising popularity of AI idols in South Korea has prompted debate on societal norms, particularly in the context of celebrity relationships. Unlike human idols constrained by strict dating prohibitions, AI idols can have distinct reactions, raising ethical questions about aithenticity. 

As AI continues to reshape entertainment, the evolving dynamics of AI idols may challenge conventional norms, sparking discussions on the intersection of technology and human emotions. The unfolding narrative prompts curiosity about the potential rule changes in the evolving realm of AI-driven entertainment.

Also read: Stars without scandals: Are AI pop stars as good as the real thing?

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