In the years since, online dating has become the default way that people find others that could be their perfect match, as well as a booming technology industry unto itself.
Although the current online dating market is quite robust, consisting of a variety of platforms and mobile apps, there's one problem that has dogged the industry from the very beginning: it still relies on humans to come up with the parameters that make a good match.
A new “dating” — or maybe stalking — app is using facial recognition to help you date people who look like, say, your ex, or perhaps a celebrity, or then again, a random stranger you might have breathed at on the subway. Just upload a photo of someone you want to date — including yourself, as Buzz Feed suggests, à la Narcissus — and the app will use facial recognition to scan thousands of profile photos sourced from dating sites and apps to find people whose faces are similar to what you’re after.
Clicking on photos of the face matches will take you to their profiles on Tinder, Match, Plenty of Fish, and other dating apps.
Heath Ahrens, the founder of Dating.ai, told Buzz Feed that it was “news to me” and that he didn’t see a problem: Ahrens also said that he and his team are “having … He compared the app to the airline industry-disrupting Expedia or Priceline.
Those matches are then filtered using data from users' connected social media accounts, to find individuals who are both genetically compatible as well as having similar interests and life goals.In fact, that particular use of technology dates back much farther than most people even realize.The earliest known example of computer-aided dating goes all the way back to 1959 when a group of researchers at Stanford University used an IBM 650 mainframe computer to match 49 couples together as part of a school project.It even collects feedback from users to learn from its' own advice, so it can do an even better job with future calls and meetings.In short, it's like hiring a dating coach that knows the right buttons to press to get people together – without the embarrassment of sharing intimate details with a live matchmaker.
The app references don’t specify all the sites it checks against.