He scrubs their profiles of identifying detail, and doesn't worry about causing any emotional harm: "I don't think anyone fell in love with the awkward randomness of the chat robot." Hunt said he thinks any anger about his project will stem at least in part from the broader cultural frustration with the way dating works in urban centers today.
"Human connections aren't real anymore," Hunt said. People will be uncomfortable with this possibly because we can't meet people the same way we did a long time ago."It's a hard point to refute.
The results were startling — at times hilarious, at times poignant — and Hunt, who had been uploading them to a private Tumblr, told his bosses, including Steve Stoute, the record executive.
Unlike Ok Cupid, Hunt hasn't notified any of the individuals in his experiment of their participation.Hunt took each one and submitted it to Cleverbot, the artificial intelligence-powered web chatbot that has passed the Turing test, the famous human-fooling standard for AI articulated by the British computer scientist Alan Turing.Hunt fed Chatbot's responses back into Ok Cupid, and kept the conversations going on as long as possible.When Schuyler Hunt moved from Boston to New York for a job four months ago, he did what a lot of young Big Apple transplants do: He signed up for Ok Cupid.
The 28-year-old quickly found online dating in New York to be entirely different from his experiences in Boston and Richmond, Va."I'd never seen anything like it," Hunt said.It's easier to get angry at a website than it is to get at the sum total of chance events in a life.