RIGHT-SWIPING onanism avoidance database Tinder could be about to bring a little hint of artificial intelligence (AI) in your quest for satisfaction.
The BBC reports that, according to Tinder founder Sean Rad, the company is looking at incorporating Siri into the mix when it comes to finding that perfect someone that then tells you they just want to be friends and that you look nothing like your photo.
"I think this might sound crazy," Rad told attendees at Start-Up Grind (no pun intended, apparently). "In five years time, Tinder might be so good, you might be like "Hey Siri, what's happening tonight?'
"And Tinder might pop up and say 'There's someone down the street you might be attracted to. She's also attracted to you. She's free tomorrow night. We know you both like the same band, and it's playing - would you like us to buy you tickets?'… and you have a match."
"It's a little scary."
Excuse us a minute. Eww. Eww. Eww. Eww. Yuck. Eww. No. Eww. No. Eww. Eww.
Sorry about that. But more and more it seems that developers are looking at ways to use AI to find you that special someone. 420 Friends, which launched this week is a dating app that specialises in finding you that special someone.
Of course, it's not a f*ck-buddy app like Tinder, more of a sort of "sit around watching Family Guy and eating Hob Nobs with full-fat Philadelphia" app, but the point is the tech dating market is booming and the main reason is that it means that you can show your interest in someone without fear of rejection.
Rad adds: "You can imagine how, with augmented reality, that experience could happen in the room, in real time. The impact is profound as these devices get closer to your senses, to your eyes, to your experiences."
It's all a long way from "cookery classes" and "bowling nights" that more traditional matching sites seem to be offering at the moment. Of course E-Harmony has always proudly boasted about getting better matches by asking you a ton of questions first.
But now, it seems that AI will mean that dating apps will know us better than we know ourselves. And yeah, it's a bit creepy, especially as Privacy International has been vocal about Tinder's lack of discretion.
Of course, if you're dead set against using apps, never fear, iconic nineties show Streetmate, which launched the career of Davina McCall, is returning soon. So that's much better. Probably. µ
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