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By Padraig Belton Technology of Business reporter speedy account set-ups and "swipe to like" approach, have taken dating to another level. The love life of humans is a topic often grappled with by psychologists, its secretive nature complicating data collection. When it comes to love, is technology a gateway or a barrier? Harvey Hooke is one of the world's most influential dating and relationship.
Across from us, a young couple sat with their faces buried in their phones. I felt so sad for these youngsters who were missing out on the fun and fulfillment of human connection because their priority was to focus on their phones.
Love + technology = ?
Wouldn't it be nice if we were given phone-locking pouches whenever we entered a restaurant? Last May, I was interviewed by Jason Osler of CBC Radio about how some coffee shops have stopped providing WiFi, in the hopes that their patrons would begin talking to one-another again.
Each dining establishment could have a landline to take emergency calls, but otherwise, guests would be forced to interact with one-another, as opposed to spending their meal engaged primarily with their technology. For daters, this would be ideal, as they'd have no other option than to get to know the person sitting across from them. They wouldn't be able to avoid any potentially uncomfortable human contact by keeping their noses stuck in their phones.
Yes, it might be awkward at first as everyone re-adjusts to having no technological buffer zone between them and the other person, but I imagine that soon enough, they'd get the hang of it; sort of like riding a bicycle. After all, we're communal beings, built to make connections. In Japan, where this debate about intimacy with the virtual has been unfolding since the s, there is a word that gives shape to the idea of loving a virtual non-human.
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That word is moe, which derives from the Japanese verb moeru, meaning to burst into bud. This word was originally used in ancient Japanese love poetry to describe nature blossoming into life.
But within the dating sim and anime subcultures, it has come to describe the unique feeling of intimacy that one can feel for a virtual or fictional being.
These are people are not seen as unwell, but just trying to live otherwise.
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In fact, there are lots of dating sims players who find the idea that they are somehow falling in love with the characters in the game slightly perverse. 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 meetings 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 four-day Web Summit which wraps up Thursday in Lisbon.
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. Dating app Tinder goes wild at Pyeongchang Games - 'Takes pressure off' - 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 restaurants, bars and clubs. Tinder founder Sean Rad said AI will "create better user experiences" and predicted iPhone's Siri Voice assistant would in the future act as a matchmaker.