This book explores some of the ethical, legal, and social implications of chatbots, or conversational artificial agents. It
reviews the possibility of establishing meaningful social relationships with chatbots and investigates the consequences of
those relationships for contemporary debates in the philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. The author introduces current technological
challenges of AI and discusses how technological progress and social change influence our understanding of social relationships.
He then argues that chatbots introduce epistemic uncertainty into human social discourse, but that this can be ameliorated
by introducing a new ontological classification or 'status' for chatbots. This step forward would allow humans to reap the
benefits of this technological development, without the attendant losses. Finally, the author considers the consequences of
chatbots on human-human relationships, providing analysis on robot rights, human-centered design, and the social tension between
robophobes and robophiles.