Letting people on the Internet control your dating experience

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Like Cyrano giving advice to Christian from underneath Roxanne’s balcony, now you too can can advise young suitors trying to win the heart of the object of their affection.

[Lauren] had the idea of using objective, third-party observers checking in on her dating activities and giving advice as to what she should do next. Yes, she’s streaming her dates over the Internet and asking for advice from Mechanical Turk workers.

The idea behind this project isn’t that [Lauren] isn’t looking for advice from her own Cyrano, but rather to open up new, previously unexpected possibilities. Turk workers will watch the stream while [Lauren] presents them with options telling her to smile more, laugh, change the subject, or ask a question. [Lauren] receives these results as a text message, where she’ll comply with the Internet’s wishes and hope her date doesn’t go horribly awry.

It’s an interesting project to say the least, but we’ve got to wonder about the quality of the advice given from her online advisers. Turk workers do take their jobs more seriously than random people on the Internet, so barring an invasion from /b/, [Lauren]‘s night might just go alright.

Comments

  1. David says:

    Interesting idea for sure, but I pick

    E. Stop texting during our date!

    • Phrewfuf says:

      Oh, so you too remember those times, where on a date, the only thing you could think about was the date itself? So you even forgot that you have a phone with you, because you were smart enough to turn it off? :D

  2. Marcello says:

    you mean her date says something, she writes it on her cyrano-dashboard and waits for a turk consensus to be reached?

    remember me never to date her! ;)

  3. spogdjajpg says:

    Needs more local subtlety – deliver the hints via hidden earbud or maybe even via Google Glass or similar. And needs commercialization. Reality TV show where the consensus of the audience is the advice given to the date participant. Not that I’d watch it, but that seems like the logical expansion of this idea.

  4. Drake says:

    Sims IRL coming to a mobile phone near you!

  5. really grasping at straws on this one Brian.

  6. Ryan7777 says:

    I’d rather date someone who Isn’t so damn indecisive that they have to let other people pick their actions for them. “So, would you rather go do? eat first or the movie?” “Hmm, I dunno, let me get a vote on that”. Maybe i’d be better off just skipping the chick that can’t think for herself and hire some strangely random, ethnic temp service robots to date instead!?

  7. Niru says:

    I think I’ll borrow from Jurrasic Park for this one: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

  8. Sweaty Bonobo says:

    mTurk + GreasyMonkey = Profit

    i cant be the only one who made a bunch of money off of that back in the day?

  9. Jim Burrell says:

    If this is her idea of a date, she should stay at home with her cats.

  10. HomelyPoet says:

    Puts me in mind of Gamer.

    ‘Who’s playing You?’

  11. asciimation says:

    I think it’s just an experiment. An Internet experiment rather than a real, scientific one. If you look at her other projects she does a lot of social interaction type things. I suspect the interest isn’t in what her or her date does but more what the mechanical turks are doing and telling her to do.

    Saying that I agree with what others have said, for me a date with a woman who constantly checks her phone would be a short date

  12. I'm old fashioned and plug it in before I turn it on. says:

    So HOT! One step close to dating a computer.

  13. Martin says:

    4chan would have a heyday with this and option B).

  14. aeva says:

    Is the point of this to use mechanical turk to pretend to be an android? I would assume Lauren takes no actions beyond what is instructed of her?

    If so to both counts, this is hilarious, and what a fantastic idea =)

  15. Rob says:

    Option B means this little experiment has an 80% chance of going downhill oh so quickly…

    Perhaps dating is a part of life that shouldn’t necessarily be hacked.

  16. gh asd says:

    4Chan

  17. Interesting. One wonders if something like this could end up being a meatspace version of teleconferencing, as a human being wearing the mic/speaker/camera etc paid by the hour with precise instructions is still cheaper than sending a robot.
    Could this be a solution to unemployment?

  18. Dave says:

    Have we learned nothing from “Ed TV”?

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