We love living the future, especially when it makes dating easier. Sci-fi news site io9 suggested the possibility that online dating sites might soon be able to figure out when someone’s lying on their profile, especially in the most popular categories of fibs: height and salary.
OKCupid, which has made headlines with its number-crunching, chart-making, and bold assertions based on raw data, has already figured out (among other things) that people are usually about two inches shorter than they say they are and that the hotter a person appears in a photograph, the older the pic tends to be. (Now that’s news you can use.)
But what happens when the way sites handle their data eventually gets super-specific? io9 speculates:
Just imagine what’ll happen when these sites start playing with unstructured data, stuff like the contents of your “about me” profile, which can’t be shoehorned into a traditional relational database and therefore can’t yet be easily crunched. Suddenly you’re working with way more than 99 dimensions of compatibility, and digital sourcing of one’s future light-o-love isn’t just as good as meeting someone in a bar — it’s actually easier.
Soon, we won’t even have to log on to dating sites; Mr. Right will simply show up on our doorstep, microchip firmly implanted in his arm. Hey, if you take a history of bad dating experiences into account, it doesn’t sound like such a terrible idea.
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