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Dating app launching this month will have users chatting with AI bots

A new dating app uses artificial intelligence to create chatbots that mimic users’ interests and personalities — a feature meant to reduce “ghosting” by handling the initial meet-and-greet part of the dating process.

Instead of striking up a conversation with a prospect directly, users initially can engage with a chatbot that “gives you a feel” for your match before actually speaking to them, according to Teaser AI, whose app is slated to hit Apple’s App Store later this month,

The idea is to cut the chit-chat so that users can immediately “decide whether you want to meet up,” per the App Store description.

The app was started because “dating apps today have endless small talk,” but “we don’t want a pen pal,” the company said.

“When you start Teaser AI, our AI starts learning about you — through your profile and chats, it gets smarter every time,” the description reads, reminding users that the AI is “of course not perfect.”

The app’s description claims the AI technology will combat ghosting — the practice of completely cutting a partner off without reason, explanation, or further contact — and promises “to ward off catfishing and creeps” by verifying every profile.

Teaser AI users will chat with an AI bot designed to replicate their prospective match before actually conversing with the real person.
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“And if you don’t say something within 24 hours of a match, consider it expired — so get going,” the App Store listing says.

Teaser AI is from the same team behind Dispo, the photo-sharing app co-founded by YouTube sensation David Dobrik that gives pictures the feel of a disposable camera.

It’s also by the same developed as Dispo, All Summer Long Inc., and will be available to iPhone users for free when it launches later this month.

Adding AI into the dating pool is just the latest in a recent frenzy to implement the tech in many different parts of everyday life.

Take AI in the gym, for example, which has claimed to unlock “the fountain of youth” with the introduction of apps like FitnessAI, which generates personalized workouts using artificial intelligence. AI-powered machines, meanwhile, can outperform human trainers with 20-minute sessions backed by extensive performance data that produces “maximal strength training results,” according to Exercise Coach CEO Brian Cygan.

The app is available for pre-order, and is listed in the App Store with the tagline "actually meet & make friends."
The app is available for pre-order, and is listed in the App Store with the tagline “Actually meet & make friends.”
Apple App Store

In addition, a study published in the journal Nature Medicine earlier this week revealed that artificial intelligence may now be able to predict whether someone will get pancreatic cancer up to three years in advance.

However, AI has also taken individuals’ facial data to create pornographic imagery, while others have had their voices replicated to trick family and close friends over the phone.

Most recently, the “Godfather of AI” Dr. Geoffrey Hinton warned that the tech is a “more urgent” risk to humanity than the effects of climate change.

“I wouldn’t like to devalue climate change. I wouldn’t like to say, ‘You shouldn’t worry about climate change.’ That’s a huge risk too,” Hinton said in an interview with Reuters. “But I think this might end up being more urgent.”

“With climate change, it’s very easy to recommend what you should do: you just stop burning carbon. If you do that, eventually things will be okay. For this, it’s not at all clear what you should do.”

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