"I feel like we’ve solved the volume problem," said Hesam Hosseini, CEO of online dating brand Match (Match, Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish are all owned by the umbrella company Match Group).
If you let this future online dating AI have free-range on your phone, it might even analyze whether you pay your bills on time, what websites you visit, the news you read, which shows you binge-watch, how much you exercise (if you have a connected Fitbit or Apple Watch), and your camera roll.
Hosseini and other execs I spoke to about the future of online dating don’t have imaginations as wild as Black Mirror fans would like.
As for digital butlers talking to our matches’ chatbots — which seems like the ultimate loss of humanity in dating, just after pressing a button to indicate you want sex — dating app execs aren’t convinced.
"By analysing MHC gene codes, online dating platforms could close the gap between predicting whether their subscribers who initially are attracted [to] each other online, will still be attracted to each other, once they get offline," eHarmony wrote.
Chatbots work for tracking packages and ordering pizza, not getting to know someone who could be your future life partner, Hosseini said. Bernie. ai, a chatbot with deep-learning AI and facial recognition that could sift through Tinder matches and strike up introductory text chats, launched in 2016.
Virtual reality in dating apps will also take cultural change, Kang said, but she thinks it’s the future — once everyone feels comfortable strapping on a VR headset.
Loveflutter, a UK dating app, has AI that matches people based on personality traits it decodes from their tweets.
App innovations and society’s increasing comfort level with online dating have built large pools of potential dates.
These apps, bolstered by location-tracking, swiping, and almighty algorithms, brought the masses to online dating.
Online daters are exhausted, disappointed, and feeling jaded, now more than ever before, said Dawoon Kang, co-founder and co-CEO of Coffee Meets Bagel, the app made famous by rejecting Mark Cuban’s $30 million purchase offer.
Last year, Coffee Meets Bagel held a 5K Singles Run in Hong Kong for 1500 people, a three-day summer camp that brought 150 singles to the backwoods of Pennsylvania, and monthly concerts themed around relationship topics in New York.
"The optimum for a dating service is to show you profiles of people that might be good enough, but not perfection.
Beyond all that is AIMM, a voice-activated dating app which launched last year and has 1,000 users in Denver (it’s planning to expand throughout the U. S. in coming months).
In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating.
"We’ve got ghosting now, people don’t want to talk about what they really want, people don’t want to define relationships, people are playing the field and having three dates in one night," Hosseini said.
But Kang also sees a very low-tech approach budding: dating apps hosting meetups for users.
While lots of people like to watch the videos, most don’t want to create their own, Kang, of Coffee Meets Bagel, said.
One thing is for sure: Online dating isn’t going away any time soon.
But as we look to the future, online dating companies have a new problem to tackle.
Pheramor, DNA Romance, and Instant Chemistry all analyze users’ DNA to make matches. (Pheramor also trains AI to mine your social media profiles to understand your personality. ) The gene-matching evangelists propose that certain genes connected to your immune system, known as the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), govern who you’re attracted to.
The digital personal assistant is activated by Google Home and suggests a daily match as well as dating tips and activities.
Last year, Tinder introduced Loops, two-second videos used in place of profile pictures that look like Boomerangs, and Badoo added a live-video chat feature you can use to talk to potential dates.
She’s confident that eventually video integration within dating apps will become normalized, but it’ll take time.
Match and eHarmony laid the online groundwork decades ago, but momentum built after the first iPhone was released in 2007: Grindr was founded two years later, Tinder in 2012, and Bumble in 2014.
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