A London based dating app has decided to start using AI as well as facial recognition technology to let users find a match that looks like anyone they choose, including their ex or celebrity crush.
Basically, you can forget about scrolling through endless profiles, and rely on artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommended what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favourite celebrity crush.
Until recently, dating apps such as Tinder let users see in real time who is available and "swipe" if you wish to meet someone, then it's up to users to ask someone out and then make the date go well. To fight the growing fatigue from searching through profiles in vain, the online dating sector is turning to artificial intelligence to help arrange meetings in real life and act as a dating coach.
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.
"There is a lot of activity on dating apps but by and large there is not a lot of dates," said eHarmony CEO, Grant Langston.
"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 take some of the pressure of the user and start using 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 is equidistant from both people's homes using information from Foursquare, an app that helps smartphone users find nearby restaurants, bars and clubs.
Another London-based dating app, Badoo, is also 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. Reality TV star, Kim Kardashian, Oscar-winning actress, Emma Stone, and singer, Beyoncé, are the most searched for celebrities globally since Badoo introduced the feature – dubbed Lookalikes – last year.
However, not everyone is convinced that AI can aid the search for the love of your life.