NEW YORK TIMES - May 27 - "People think sex and dating is supposed to be easy and innate," said Brianna Rader, the founder and CEO of Juicebox, a sex-education app. "But it's not. It's a life skill just like all other life skills, but unfortunately we're never formally taught these things." Hence the need for Slutbot. The chatbot-based texting service, offered through the Juicebox app, is meant to coach users 18+ in sexting. After confirming that a user is of age, Slutbot starts a conversation, which can be "Slow & Gentle" or "Hot & Sexy." Other apps are less explicitly about sex and romance, but can still be used to cultivate communication in those arenas. Mei, for example, is marketed as a way to improve a user's texting relationship with anyone. Ghostbot, another app, is used to ghost, or quietly dump, aggressive dates on a user's behalf. It is a collaboration between Burner, a temporary phone number app, and Voxable, a company that develops conversational A.I.