Artificial Emotional Intelligence: Would You Swipe Right On These Fake Tinder Bios Written By Bots?
Love is more than Xs and Os-in the age of online dating apps like Tinder and Grindr, finding someone to connect with depends more on 1s and 0s. One of the most important and hardest parts of a dating profile is the bio because it tells potential suitors everything – well, almost everything – they need to know before swiping left or right. To see just how hard it is to craft the perfect bio, the folks over at CenturyLink trained a bot to do it using data from real Tinder profiles. The results are pretty hilarious and honestly not far off from some of the weirdness that exists on the app.
To train the bot, the researchers collected 500 Tinder profiles from users in the five most populated cities in the United States: New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The information from those profiles were added to a neural network, and 50 bot-made profiles that attempted to mimic the language and structure of what humans had written. From declaring hometowns and height, to using Myers–Briggs personality type abbreviations and listing interests, the bots were mostly successful in creating collections of words that could pass as biographies. The grammar is off in places and some of the sentences are nonsense ("Grown drink with an outdated ride - basically the beer kid"), but in a real profile those mistakes could be blamed on autocorrect. If we had to choose one of the four examples above to go on an actual date with, 25-year-old Jessica is the clear winner because "me naps, no travel" is the perfect life philosophy.
CenturyLink discovered some interesting things about Tinder in the process of this experiment. Apparently there are on average twice as many emojis in profiles for women, Tinder users love using the shrug emoji, mentioning ones height is more of a guy thing, and women are three times more likely than men to use the "L" word. Take a look at your current Tinder profile and let us know if this bot is actually better at dating and promoting itself than you are.