Female users can control the visibility of their profile, and they are encouraged to be the ones to make the first move, and to put out a “siren call” requesting contact. While this sounds great for women, there’s also an appeal for men who don’t want all the pressure to be on them. It definitely seems like a great app that’s different to the usual sort of thing out there, and if you’re a woman who finds online dating a bit much regularly then this really could be for you.
It’s easy to point and laugh and cringe along with Nev and Max, but don’t make the mistake in thinking it couldn’t happen to you. It’s all too easy. And some recent high-profile scams make it obvious just how dangerous the internet can be if you’re not careful about the relationships you forge.

That’s not to say the interent, and online dating, can’t be great, great assets to the average 21st century lifestyle. They very much are assets. It’s just important not to take it for granted, and not to let you guard down.
It’s not a perfect example of the Turing test, as users of online dating websites already have the bias of expecting the person on the receiving end of their messages to be another human. But it is interesting to see people think they are conversing with a real person for sometimes quite extended periods of time. But in almost all cases Clever Bot seems either very rude or very eccentric, often with hilarious consequences.
The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to display intelligence that is indistinguishable from that of a human. That is not to say it would literally have to be as in intelligent as a human, just that it would have to appear to be. The test is usually carried out by a third party asking written questions which are then answered by both a machine and a human, and then trying to guess which is which.
The article also discusses the benefits of feminism in a relationship, how living together before marriage might not be a good thing, and that people who play video games actually get a surprising amount of romantic interest.

It’s always important to remember that when you make a quick snap of judgement then it might not be based in any sort of truth at all. In fact, that piece of knowledge alone might be the only real truth out there. It might be. It isn’t.
Everyone is guilty of giving in to stereotypes from time to time, of accepting a commonly believed thought that might not actually be true. That’s partially why we skim over some DVD covers in the supermarket, or why our initial thoughts on approving someone on online dating might be just down to their photograph. We don’t mean to do it, but sometimes we do. When we can be beholden to such simple prejudices that we know are wrong on some level while also doing them, then what out there don’t we know we’re doing?
Lets all agree on something (come on below the line commenter folk, we can do this!): jealousy, suspicion and paranoia can turn the most wondrous accidents of good genes and bone structure into the ugliest of people. Those to be swerved while they sit staring into the mirror, confused at how their beautifully symmetrical faces can't bag them a partner, swiftly switching to working out the logistics of how to get that severed horse's head into their new obsession's bed.
The guy I met online I had the biggest instant connection with was pages down the "your perfect match" list at 70%. You didn't see that one coming did you, stupid matchy datey robot? In all fairness, neither did I. I nearly didn't meet him based on his pictures – he wasn't what I'd normally go for at all. But after 10 minutes of meeting, chemistry trumped technology and we were skipping off down to the Liars Club to dance around, laugh and drink rum. We didn't end up together – I was his first date off the site.
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