At the recent Startup Grind Global conference in California, Tinder CEO and Founder Sean Rad said the future of the popular dating app may involve artificial intelligence. And that future may come much sooner than anticipated.
Rad said that in the next five years, Tinder's millions of global users may be able to ask Siri to find them dates, which would then prompt AI to track down possible matches nearby.
"In five years time, Tinder might be so good, you might be like 'Hey [Apple voice assistant] Siri, what's happening tonight?' And Tinder might pop up and say 'There's someone down the street you might be attracted to. She's also attracted to you. She's free tomorrow night. We know you both like the same band, and it's playing - would you like us to buy you tickets?'… and you have a match."
If it sounds like some sort of far-flung premise of a Black Mirror episode, that's because it pretty much is. Even Rad admits, "It's a little scary" despite the obvious convenience of the process.
But Tinder is eyeing even further futuristic dating disruption. Rad added that the dating app was taking stock of "augmented reality," which overlays digital images onto the real world as you walk around (think Pokemon Go). Rad proposes that Tinder could use AR to let users know who is single or taken when walking into a room, which is really, really similar to an episode of Black Mirror.
"You can imagine how, with augmented reality, that experience could happen in the room, in real time," Rad said. "The impact is profound as these devices get closer to your senses, to your eyes, to your experiences."
And here we were thinking that Tinder adding video was a breakthrough...