A person in San Francisco could message someone in Singapore with the click of a button, and communities would bond in anonymous chat rooms without the faintest clue of what anyone looked like.And as for romance, the promise of online dating was mostly about bringing together people who otherwise would not meet in person.We’ve all seen the movies about robot overlords and we know the plot well: robots, forced into slave labour to better the lives of humans, become conscious of robot mistreatment and lead a revolution.Now, instead of trying to kill you, imagine that your toaster compliments your eyes and laughs at all your jokes.
Firstly, there’s happn, an app that uses geolocation technology to track your movements, matching you exclusively with people whose paths you cross.
With recent advances in artificial intelligence, this robot-human companionship could become a reality.
Humans are already in love with technology: we’re addicted to our smartphones and can’t imagine a day without the computer.
Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.