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Link: AI personas are the future of dating, Bumble founder says. Many aren't buying.

Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, speaking Thursday at the Bloomberg Tech Summit in San Francisco, said that her company is considering how AI can assist and empower women in their search for connection. One particular use of AI that Herd mentioned has gained traction online — although not everyone liked the idea. Herd proposed a scenario in which singles could use AI dating concierges as stand-ins for themselves when reaching out to prospective partners online. “There is a world where your dating concierge could go and date for you with other dating concierge ... and then you don’t have to talk to 600 people,” she said during the summit. AI-powered dating assistants have gotten more attention recently, such as profile enhancers like YourMove.AI or simulated chatbots like Volar. The rise of generative AI that can learn to mimic particular people has led to plenty of speculation around how it could be used in the romantic arena — particularly as some people have growing disillusioned with and given up on dating apps. #


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