A creative technologist in New York is trying to get New York singles to fall in love with a chat bot. Schuyler Hunt moved to New York City when he was 28 and, like many people, decided to give the online dating site OK Cupid a try.
OK Cupid has come under fire recently for performing experiments on its users, but this cyber love-hunter decided to come up with an experiment of his own.
Unlike most men on OK Cupid, however, he was blasted by messages. What he noticed, however, was that most of the women weren't actually into him. They were really just looking for the closest possible connection. "“I was thinking: They don’t care,” Hunt told Buzzfeed “They just want somebody.”
Hunt, in a decision that could make him the Don Juan of the digital age, decided to have a robot do it for him. He posted an intentionally bland profile with a picture of his friend, and fed any messages that he received from woman-suitors into the CleverBot chat AI.
This is the one situation, though, where I don't think that robots can work more efficiently than humans. CleverBot can't actually hold a conversation with someone. It looks mostly for keywords and responds with Madlibs-like responses like the one on the next page.