The resulting conversations were, of course, pretty ridiculous. Take for example, the 28-year-old New Yorker who turned his OK Cupid profile into a robot. In an effort to see just how impersonal online dating has become, Schuyler Hunt created a fake profile, and then when a woman would message him, he ran all of his responses through Cleverbot, which is essentially artificial intelligence chat software that attempts to mimic or reproduce human conversation. But give us a computer and an online dating account and we don’t know what’s real and what’s not.
But even more ridiculous was how many people fell for it, at least for a while.Hunt now has many of the interactions on his Tumblr, Girls Who Date Computers, where he points to how impersonal online dating can be and what this means for our ability to connect authentically these days. Here is an example of a script from his Tumblr: Girl: Hey Hunt/Cleverbot: What did you do today?It wasn’t a very nice thing to do, but it did teach us a valuable lesson: never assume an online dating profile is for real. I’m not talking about drunk-text shenanigans, I’m talking an inability to follow proper flow in conversation and nonsensical replies. Girl: I just got home from school Hunt/Cleverbot: School is a good place to go to further one’s self in life. Whether this is just a person who doesn’t care enough to fill out their profile, or a scammer who is too lazy, you are probably better off without interacting with this person. The rule of thumb, apparently, is that the average person has 130 Facebook friends. According to data from the dating site, Seeking Arrangement.com, 37 percent of scammers claim to have a doctorate. Sure, Martha Stewart was on but that’s pretty much it.So it raises the question: how do we make sure we don’t fall in love with a robot? Let’s take a gander at some signs that might indicate a fake online dating profile. Girl: Yea I like school Hunt/Cleverbot: Do you like pancakes? Chances are, this person is not who they say they are. An incomplete dating profile should be approached with caution and suspicion and your killer instincts. Anything dramatically lower should indicate an impostor/scammer/robot, so keep an eye on those friends and followers. That sucks for real doctoral candidates looking for love, but so it goes. If someone’s profile has a picture of Edward Snowden, it’s probably a fake.
Girl: Lol yea Hunt/Cleverbot: Oh my god, they killed Kenny! Here’s the deal, there is quirky and then there is nonsensical. Out of principle, if I’m on Tinder, I never swipe right if the guy only has one photo. Either he is too lazy (bad sign) or he can only find the one (worse sign). I like when people put that in there so you can check them out and verify they are who they say they are. Overall, just keep your wits about you, even as you fall into the web of love.Even the weirdest dudes can mostly follow a basic conversation. Just recently, a model sued because she claims her photo has been used in hundreds of fake accounts without her permission. All of the rules you use in real life, use online and don’t let a handsome smile or sexy, but slightly incoherent banter soften your instincts. So if you are messaging with someone and it sounds like this, throw your computer out the window and run. So, yeah, this might be a real thing people do and we should all be more discerning, even in the presence of a striking photo. They send you invitations or links to check them out at a different site. Both are not cool and not authentic to why you are (probably) on online dating sites.