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But give us a computer and an online dating account and we don’t know what’s real and what’s not.

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 , which is essentially artificial intelligence chat software that attempts to mimic or reproduce human conversation.

The resulting conversations were, of course, pretty ridiculous.

Hunt now has many of the interactions on his T, 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. Even the weirdest dudes can mostly follow a basic conversation.

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. So if you are messaging with someone and it sounds like this, throw your computer out the window and run. Chances are, this person is not who they say they are.

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. 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).

Just recently, a model sued because she claims her photo has been used in hundreds of fake accounts without her permission.

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.

Last modified 22-Jan-2016 01:12