Tinder AI: Would You Let A Robot Plan Your Dates?

POSTED BY   Jonathan Wood
23rd February 2017

This week, I came across an interesting story looking into the world of AI and dating.

AI is quite a big and complex space I know. However, this article is all about how our sons and daughters might date in the near future.

I must also point out that I have never used Tinder, mainly because I am incredibly good looking :).

Despite my not being on it, Tinder is a blossoming dating app. It’s known primarily for – how shall I put it? – casual relationships and quick flings.

I have a few mates that use Tinder and they claim it’s all harmless fun, I have to agree as, in this digital world we are living in, it is getting harder to meet people, especially as we get so wrapped up in our smartphones!

Tinder has impacted so many lives. You probably know a couple who are now in a serious relationship, or – indeed – married, after meeting on Tinder. But, no less importantly, millions are hooking up for casual relationships and one night stands. That’s nothing new, by the way. People have been doing it in bars and clubs for decades… Tinder is just a less noisy, more digital and efficient way of doing so.

Tinder AI Is The Dating App’s Next Step

Anyway, Tinder is growing up and it’s now thinking of branching into AI.  Sounds scary, doesn’t it? It means that Tinder, by far the most popular dating app worldwide, is also now a serious technology company tackling one of life’s most important matters…  Artificial intelligence.

I love this quote from Sean Rad, the Chairman of Tinder:

“I think this might sound crazy… In five years time, Tinder might be so good, you might be like ‘Hey Siri, what’s happening tonight?’

“And Tinder might pop up and say ‘There’s someone down the street you might be attracted to. She’s also attracted to you. She’s free tomorrow night. We know you both like the same band, and it’s playing – would you like us to buy you tickets?’… and you have a match.”

It sounds like a cool concept, but a lot comes down to privacy.

Tinder AI & Privacy

The idea of AI doing the hard work for you is pretty cool. For instance, being able to find out someone’s relationship status without having to ask would be a very useful tool. On the other hand, that might make you deeply uncomfortable, and I don’t blame you. But this technology is moving at an unprecedented rate. It will be up to technology companies – not just Tinder – to roll out such ideas in way that doesn’t encroach on privacy, or indeed, common decency and manners. The key word here is, as always, consent.

The key word here is, as always, consent.

Tinder’s future lives and breathes on its ability to remain the most popular app for getting people together and into relationships.

But there’s plenty of market to go around. Tinder now has a far more global focus, with approximately 600 million smartphone-toting single people ready to find The One, or at least, ‘the One Right Now’.



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Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood is Business Development Manager at TDMB Tech. A passionate tech geek, he loves talking to anyone and everyone working in the world of technology. He’s also a massive advocate for getting tech companies the exposure they need to build their presence within the booming technology industry. Aside from his love of tech, Jon is also a long time Spice Girls fan (he was a member of their fan club throughout the nineties). If you would like to get in touch with him, either about Technology or The Spice Girls, you can drop him a line on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email him directly: jonathan@thedigitalmarketingbureau.com.

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