Dating in the age of AI: would you let an algorithm choose your partner?

Dating in the age of AI: would you let an algorithm choose your partner?

Dating AI, for example, using facial-recognition technology, allows subscribers to find potential love interests based on a photo of someone they fancy, such as a celebrity

As people continue to rely more and more on computer intelligence to shepherd them through life, delegating the oftentimes inexplicable task of matchmaking to the problem-solving altar of AI is a natural progression. Should people trust algorithms with their love life?

In the novel, early days of online dating, eager and curious singles could only search for other unattached hopefuls using basic filters, such as age, gender, location, sexual orientation, and shared interests.

Fast-forward to today, and matchmaking in the cyberworld is vastly different. To maintain the attention of, by now, often chronically jaded online daters, websites are awash with clever algorithms that claim to find them potential love matches faster than ever before, while also offering them coaching in the art of love.

Tinder boosts matchmaking on its site by using Amazon’s Rekognition to trawl photos to identify key personality markers. Pictures of someone playing an instrument could see them tagged as ‘creative’ and matched with another ‘creative’.

She can offer dating advice, from conversation starters to how to overcome nerves and date venue suggestions

Match has an AI-enabled chatbot named ‘Lara’, who works via Google Home, which the company claims can be a personal ‘wing woman’.

Another, So Syncd, launched to the market a year ago, uses an algorithm to identify and match compatible Myers-Briggs personality types – users simply fill out a questionnaire.