Case in point: , a new app which uses neural network-based facial recognition AI to scour dating platforms for profiles that match a user’s specified ‘type’–or even belong to a specific person. As with many of our great cyber ‘success stories,’ the concept is a simple one–using extant technology to find the faces we’d most like to caress (or whatever)–but fails to account for a wide range of complicated, very human concerns, touching on everything from online privacy to real-life values.
In the app’s free version, users can choose from images of around 200 regular and online celebrities and perform an unofficial crawl of platforms like Tinder, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish to find doppelgangers located anywhere. In its premium version (available as a one-week trial or for $7.99/month), users can choose to tailor their search for the perfect face by gender, age, zip code, and by uploading as many pictures as they like, acquired however they like, of whomever they’d like–say, an ideal-seeming actress, founder Heath Ahrens suggested, or even an ex-girlfriend.
For generations, technology has been driving the way we date; with both innovation and relationships, however, it is vitally important to realize when it’s time to hit the brakes
In a phone interview last week, Ahrens explained that the app is just as useful for finding lookalikes to past lovers as it is for finding faux celebrity crushes. Read More …