Speaking at the Start-Up Grind conference this week, and on The Forbes Interview podcast, the Tinder co-founder laid out a vision of what an AI-assisted online dating world might look like.
In a chat with Steven Bertoni, who has interviewed Rad a number of times, the Tinder founder said: “We are going to move towards a world where I open an app where I talk to my device and I get an answer. I don’t do a lot of work, I don’t navigate too much. “That’s going to be fuelled by AR, in particular, and I think AI is going to help make a world where you’re sort of spending less time being inundated with sort of content and noise and more time sort of focusing on quality and the answers “So imagine you open Tinder one day and, you know, the Tinder assistant says: “You know, Sean, there’s a beautiful girl, someone that you’re going to find very attractive down the street.
"I was about to start walking back home then some girl asked, 'hey, are you playing Pokemon Go too? I didn't play Pokemon past Ruby version, so my knowledge of Pokemon was a bit dated, but I think we still had a good time… All made possible by an augmented-reality video game, in which while out hunting Pokéstops you may unwittingly stumble onto the person of your dreams.
Dating guide author Jennifer Kelton says it’s all about dopamine and oxytocin, and the rush we get from social interactions which spur the brain chemical.
It’s a hormone that is integral to meaning and excitement — and love — no matter what our age.“These hits of dopamine and oxytocin sustain us on a physical and emotional level,” says Kelton, the founder of Bad Online and the author of Many technologies, including wearables and robotics, will create Brave New Worlds for dating and relationships, as we get older.
The impact is profound as these devices get closer to your senses, to your eyes, to your experiences.” Read more about Rad’s Start-Up Grind appearance here, and listen to the Forbes podcast here. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association.
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It follows that -- which has soundly outperformed Instagram, Tinder, Hinge, Whats App, and Snapchat since its launch last Thursday -- is already showing its potential as the latest, greatest (albeit unintended) dating app. But more likely than not, you're just going to be playing it and randomly run into people in your neighborhood who are also in the middle of a game.