Thursday, August 18News That Matters
Shadow

Tag: chatbot

Can a chatbot help you find love?

Can a chatbot help you find love?

Technology
I've been nervously chatting to Lara on the dating platform Match.com for two minutes. She's flattered me about my age ("so young!") and she says she's going to take care of me.I like her already - but Lara is not real.She - or rather, it - is a chatbot, an artificially intelligent computer program developed to communicate with people online.The bot was launched in France in 2016 and then rolled out in the UK in April 2017, to help potential clients get started in their search for love by setting up their Match profile for them.It was the first to be released by a major dating site and the firm claims that 300,000 people a month complete their dating profiles with help from Lara.The chatbot is not a voice-controlled interface - you communicate by typing - but it can operate in 12 languages...