Dat­ing apps use ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to help search for love

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

DAT­ING apps are us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to sug­gest where to go on a first date, rec­om­mend what to say and even find a part­ner who looks like your fa­vorite celebrity.

Un­til re­cently smart­phone dat­ing apps - such as Tin­der which lets you see in real time who is avail­able and “swipe” if you wish to meet some­one - left it up to users to ask some­one out and then make the date go well. But to fight grow­ing fa­tigue from search­ing through pro­files in vain, the on­line dat­ing sec­tor is turn­ing to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) to help ar­range meet­ings in real life and act as a dat­ing coach. These new uses for AI - the sci­ence of pro­gram­ming com­put­ers to re­pro­duce hu­man pro­cesses like think­ing and de­ci­sion mak­ing - by dat­ing apps were high­lighted at the four-day Web Sum­mit which wraps up Thurs­day in Lis­bon. On­line dat­ing pioneer eHar­mony an­nounced it is de­vel­op­ing an AI-en­abled fea­ture which nudges users to sug­gest meet­ing in per­son af­ter they have been chat­ting in the app for a while. Bri­tish dat­ing app Love­flut­ter plans to use AI to an­a­lyse chats be­tween its users to de­ter­mine their com­pat­i­bil­ity and sug­gest when they should meet.

“We will ping a mes­sage say­ing ‘You are get­ting along re­ally well, why don’t you go on your first date’,” said Love­flut­ter co-founder Daigo Smith.

Love­flut­ter al­ready sug­gests places to go on a first date that are equidis­tant from both peo­ple’s homes us­ing in­for­ma­tion from Foursquare, an app that helps smart­phone users find nearby restau­rants, bars and clubs.

Tin­der founder Sean Rad said AI will “cre­ate bet­ter user ex­pe­ri­ences” and pre­dicted iPhone’s Siri Voice as­sis­tant would in the fu­ture act as a match­maker. An en­tirely voice op­er­ated dat­ing app called AIMM which uses AI to mir­ror a hu­man match­mak­ing ser­vice is al­ready be­ing tested in Den­ver where it has about 1,000 users. When you open the app, a sooth­ing voice asks ques­tions about what you like to do on a date or where you would like to travel.

It then sug­gests suit­able matches based on your per­son­al­ity. Once you have picked one you would like to meet, the app tells you about them.

Af­ter sev­eral days the app will help set up a time for a phone call be­tween you and your match - and give ad­vice for your first date based on what it knows about the other per­son.

“It will say things like ‘based on her per­son­al­ity in­cli­na­tion she is a tradi- tional per­son, I would rec­om­mend din­ner and a walk’,” said Kevin Te­man, the app’s de­vel­oper.

The app also re­minds you to ask ques­tions “about the things that are im­por­tant to you” dur­ing the date, he added.

Af­ter the date, the app checks in with both peo­ple to see how it went and rec­om­mend whether they should con­tinue to see each other or keep look­ing. Te­man hopes to make it avail­able across the United States early next year. Badoo, a London-based dat­ing app, is now us­ing AI and fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to let users find a match that looks like any­one at all, in­clud­ing their ex or celebrity crush. Users can up­load a pic­ture of some­one and the app will find looka­likes among Badoo’s more than 400 mil­lion users world­wide.

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