Forget swiping through endless profiles. The dating application uses artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on the first date, recommend what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favorite celebrity.
Until now, smartphone dating applications – like Tinder that allow you to see in real time who is available and "swipe" if you want to meet someone – leave it to the user to ask someone to come out and then make the date go well.
But to fight growing fatigue from searching through profiles in vain, the online dating sector shifts to artificial intelligence (AI) to help organize meetings in real life and act as dating coaches.
It's a new use for AI – the science of computer programming to reproduce human processes such as thinking and decision making – by dating applications highlighted at the four-day Web Summit wrapped up Thursday in Lisbon.
Pioneer online dating eHarmony announced that it is developing an AI-enabled feature that nudges users to suggest meeting directly after they chat in the application for a while.
"There is a lot of activity in the dating app but in general there are not many dates," said eHarmony CEO Grant Langston.
"People don't know how to ask, it's really surprising how many people need help and we think we can do it automatically."
& # 39; Emphasizing pressure & # 39;
The British dating application Loveflutter plans to use AI to analyze chat between its users to determine its compatibility and advise when they should meet.
"We will ping a message that says & # 39; you get along really well, why don't you go on your first date & # 39 ;," said the founder of Loveflutter, Daigo Smith.
Loveflutter has suggested a place to go on the first date that is equally far from the second home people use information from Foursquare, an application that helps smart phone users find the closest restaurants, bars and clubs.
"It's a kind of pressure from setting up the first date," Smith said.
Tinder's founder, Sean Rad, said AI would "create a better user experience" and predict the Siri Voice iPhone assistant would act in the future as a matchmaker.
A fully sound dating application called AIMM that uses AI to reflect human matchmaking services that have been tested in Denver where it has around 1,000 users.
When you open the application, a soothing voice asks questions about what you want to do on the date or where you want to travel.
Then suggest a suitable match based on your personality. After you choose the one you want to meet, the application tells you about them.
After a few days, the application will help set the time for phone calls between you and your partner – and give suggestions for your first date based on what is known about other people.
"This will say things like & # 39; based on his personality tendency he is a traditional person, I would recommend dinner and walking & # 39 ;," said Kevin Friend, application developer.
The application also reminds you to ask questions "about things that are important to you" during a date, he added.
After that date, the application will check with the two people to see how it is progressing and recommend whether they should continue to see each other or keep looking.
Friends hope to make it available throughout the United States early next year.
Badoo, a London-based dating application, now uses face recognition and AI technology to allow users to find matches that look like anyone, including their ex or celebrity they like.
Users can upload someone's image and this application will search for the same person among more than 400 million Badoo users worldwide.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, Oscar-winning artist Emma Stone and singer Beyonce is the most sought after for global celebrities since Badoo introduced the feature – dubbed Lookalikes – last year.
But not everyone is convinced that AI can help search for love.
Among the doubts at the Web Summit were UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who said he was "a little skeptical" that could help "people choose their soul mates".
"I am very happy that I have chosen my soul mate with the traditional method," said the former Portuguese prime minister, who was married to a Lisbon city council member.
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