Apps like Tinder have streamlined the process of dating. You choose the people you’re interested in, and if they’re interested in you too, you chat online for a bit. If there’s a spark, you meet up in real life.
But according to a new Mashable story, even that process proved to be too time-consuming for some programmers — which is why they’re developing Tinder bots to do both the choosing and the chatting for them.
Data scientist Jeffrey Li designed an algorithm to access his Tinder profile and swipe on 100 women every day. That bot decided whether or not it thought Li would find each woman attractive based on the Google images of women he used to train it.
Whenever Li got a match, which he told Mashable happened about five times a week, he would then take over to chat with the woman.
“The seed of it came from saying, ‘Hey, I want to improve my dating life, however, how can I do that in the most lazy way possible?’” Li told Mashable.
Robert Winters, a computer programmer in Belgium, took Li’s Tinder bot one step further. After he downloaded Li’s Tinder Automation file from GitHub, Winters programmed the bot to have basic conversations with his matches.
“At one point, the bot was having maybe 200 conversations at a time,” he told Mashable, adding, “I think Tinder knew this and they banned me, of course, from the platform.”