For the uninitiated, chatbots are computer programs that have been designed to simulate conversation with humans—and they’re everywhere.
Once you match with a bot on a dating site, it might try to sell you an online game (see the Castle Clash fiasco), lure you to a pornographic site, or generally convince you to sign up for something you probably don’t want or need.
Usually the bots are pretty obvious in their endeavors. With no sales pitch and definitely no “Hey, I’m a bot!
” responses, would you be able to tell the difference?
A friend recently came to me with a problem: He was chatting with a sexy blond woman on Tinder and couldn’t tell if she was a real person.
For the past two days he had been talking with her under the assumption she was a carbon-based life form, but then he started to question her responses.
It’s not that she was spamming him with promotional links or trying to get him onto a camgirl site—but her answers were curt, plus she asked a lot of questions.
She also provided few details about herself and said things like “Wanna cuddle? She was either a really sophisticated bot or a really uninteresting human.
Some dating sites employ bots to make their user numbers look higher, or to make their male-female ratio seem more balanced, Isaac Silverman, the founder of the online dating app Teased, explained to me.
Or, on the flip site, bot creators might heavily these sites thanks to the volume of people they can reach.
“You have apps like Tinder, where you are unlimited on swipes and matches (at least with Tinder Plus today).
These would seem likely very bot-vulnerable, because a bot can like a large number of users and generate a large number of matches,” he said.