Hey Siri, find me a soulmate

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Siri as matchmaker
As if you have to ask
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Tinder co-founder Sean Rad says advances in artificial intelligence could give Siri an exciting new role — matchmaker.

Apple’s virtual assistant is good at simple asks, like serving up the time, the weather forecast or the score from last night’s Warriors game. But the internet is loaded with stories, from frustrating to funny, about Siri’s fails. Siri might get to know your team, but your type?

Rad told an audience at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, that advances in artificial intelligence could give Siri the powers of a good yenta.

“I think Siri might become a matchmaker soon,” Rad said. “One day, because the system is so smart in knowing the users and knowing what you want, one day Siri might say, ‘Hey Sean, there’s someone a mile away who you find attractive and we were pretty sure she finds you attractive and you both happen to like Coldplay and they’re playing in town next week. Do you want to get a coffee and if you like each other, go?’ Siri might then create the transaction or might actually make that introduction like a traditional matchmaker.”

As technology advances, it goes unnoticed and becomes more fluid with human behaviors, Rad said.

Popular dating app Tinder launched in 2012. Its location-based social search allows users to like or dislike one another with left or right swipes.

Tinder algorithms make the introductions. If two people swipe right, they can engage in contact by chatting through the app.

Siri debuted with the iPhone 4s in 2011, and its accuracy gets sharper with every generation of iPhone. More recently, Siri began assisting users on all other Apple devices.

Source: Web Pro News