Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence app helps in search for love

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For­get swip­ing though end­less pro­files. 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 favourite 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 meet“The ings 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 four­day Web Sum­mit which wrapped up Thurs­day in Lis­bon.

On­line dat­ing pi­o­neer eHar­mony an­nounced it was de­vel­op­ing an AI-en­abled fea­ture which nudges users to sug­gest meet­ing in per­son af­ter they have been chat­ting in the app for a while.

“There is a lot of ac­tiv­ity on dat­ing apps but by and large there is not a lot of dates,” eHar­mony CEO Grant Langston told the an­nual tech gath­er­ing. “Guys don’t know how to ask. It’s as­tound­ing re­ally how many peo­ple need help and we think we can do that in an au­to­mated way.”

Bri­tish dat­ing app Love­flut­ter plans to use AI to an­a­lyse chats be­tween its users to de­ter­mine their com­pat­i­bil­ity and sug­gest when they should meet.

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 venues to meet.

“It kind of takes the pres­sure off or­gan­is­ing that first date,” said co-founder Daigo Smith.

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.

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