"We're about 20 minutes away from the point where Clarke's law kicks in and technology becomes indistinguishable from magic."
It's important to have objective information about your mental state. Who better to decide than a robot?
Compare this device with Sigrid von Shrink from Gateway (1970) by Frederik Pohl, the machine psychologist from James Blish's Cities in Flight, the mechanotherapist from Bad Medicine (a 1956 Robert Sheckley story), Dr. Smile, from Dick's 1964 novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.
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