Bumble founder says the future of dating will be AI-based

May 10, 2024 | Political News

Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder and executive chair of the popular dating app Bumble, said the future of dating lands in the hands of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Herd explained that the new technological advances coming to the world of dating apps include “AI dating concierges” going on “dates” with other AIs to narrow down a pool of suitors and assess who is genuinely worth going on a date with before one is scheduled.

Herd stated at this week's Bloomberg Technology Summit in San Francisco that it may expedite the matching process.

“Our focus with AI is to help create more healthy and equitable relationships. And that also starts with yourself. How can we actually teach you how to date? How can we help you show up in a better way?” she told host Emily Chang.

“For example, you could in the near future be talking to your AI dating concierge, and you could share your insecurities. I just came out of a breakup, I have commitment issues. And it could help you train yourself into a better way of thinking about yourself. And then it could give you productive tips for communicating with other people if you want to get really out there,” she continued.

“There is a world where your dating concierge could go and date for you with other dating concierges. Then you don't have to talk to 600 people. They would scan all of San Francisco for you say, ‘These are the three people you really ought to meet,’” she explained.

Bumble, which was the first dating app developed where women make the first move, holds the second highest market share at 26 percent, slightly behind the dating app Tinder which holds 27 percent, according to Business of Apps data.

Additionally, Bumble released “solid” full-year earnings in February, revealing that revenue is climbing.

Revenue increased 13.2 percent from $241.6 million in Q4 2022 to $273.6 million in Q4 2023. In addition, the number of paying customers rose 16.4 percent to 4 million from 3.4 million during the same period last year.

This comes at a time when worries about artificial intelligence (AI) have recently surfaced including concerns about AI pornography, in which bad actors use AI to capture photos of women's faces and superimpose them on porn actresses' bodies.