I used a neural network to flirt with guys on Tinder, and it was a disaster

I used a neural network to flirt with guys on Tinder, and it was a disaster
I had some strange Tinder conversations.
Source: Teerawit Chankowet/Mic
I had some strange Tinder conversations.
Source: Teerawit Chankowet/Mic

On Monday morning, I fired up ye olde Tinder app and did what any modern woman looking for her soulmate should do: I messaged all of my matches with word vomit spawned from a machine.

“You must be a tringle? ’Cause you’re the only thing here.”

I hit on my Tinder matches using the approximately 20 pickup lines generated by research scientist Janelle Shane’s neural network framework. Shane used an open-source Torch add-on that uses machine learning to predict and generate text that is meant to imitate human language. In this case, it was writing flirty texts.

They ranged from the sweet (“I want to see you to my heart”) to the nonsensical (“I have a cenver? Because I just stowe must your worms”).

Algorithms are not very good at picking up on the nuances of human language and emotion. Fortunately, for a lot of dudes, that simply doesn’t matter.

I told one guy he “looked like a thing” and I loved him, and he told me he hoped I had a bush. I told another one I would bear his toot. He asked if I was looking to fuck and whether or not I liked Led Zeppelin.

Would I find love bound by the limitations of a feebleminded machine? (Nope!) How long until the men of Tinder figured out that they were courting a bot? Can a neural network get you laid? Join me on my journey through the valley of the shadow of death — Tinder, baby!

Source: Tinder

I have not yet passed the Turing test.

Source: Tinder

Not yet...

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Closer...

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Closer...

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Ding ding ding. Houston, we’ve made contact.

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This guy immediately asked about my pubic hair for some reason.

Source: Tinder

This guy said he isn’t looking for anything serious, but is always up for romance.

Source: Tinder

There you have it, folks. A bot can get you laid.

Source: Tinder

We found love in a hopeless place.

Source: Tinder

Are you my soulmate?

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This guy clearly loved it.

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Who needs a personality when you have an algorithm?

Source: Tinder
Source: Tinder

And then, out of nowhere, I met my match. Three different guys responded with lines from the same neural network.

Source: Tinder
Source: Tinder
Source: Tinder

So what did we learn today?

You can agonize over that opening line that is the perfect blend of flirty, cool and mysterious. Or you can copy and paste an illogical machine-generated phrase. Time is money, love is patient and nothing is forever. Also, men will respond to literally anything.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Melanie Ehrenkranz

Melanie is a writer covering technology and the future. She can be reached at melanie@mic.com.

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