The creators of the chatbot see it as a way to help patients when a therapist isn’t available. “You can access it when you need it most,” says former Stanford researcher Alison Darcy. “If it’s 2 a.m. and you’re having a panic attack, a physician isn’t going to be available at that time.” Meanwhile, researchers find that wireless “smart” pill bottles don’t really do anything to help people remember to take their medicine.

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