The Match-makers rented a computer at 0 an hour, and processed the 90,000 applications.
What if technologies were better at finding and attracting the object of your ideal romance than you were? Both science fiction and fantasy are filled with stories where people manufacture romantic partners or compel partners to fall in love with them.But what about stories where technologies help you determine whom and how to woo?We look at fictional and actual innovations that try to partner people up — and whether they're successful.Data Analysis: Let's start of with the e Harmony approach to romance.The idea is that you gather enough metrics about a person: their background, occupation, interests, values, attitudes, and you match them up with the person whose traits most closely complement their own.
But Neil Clark Warren wasn't the first person to envision romance via computer match-up.In fact, in 1966, a company called Match, founded by two Harvard undergrads, promised to match college students with compatible mates based on personality questionnaires. The dates she liked didn't write her back, and her own profile attracted crickets (and worse).So, as any fan of data would do: she started making a spreadsheet.Hear the story of how she went on to hack her online dating life — with frustrating, funny and life-changing results.If a computer could pair you up with a perfect mate, would you want its advice?