A new dating app wants to use Watson's artificial intelligence to improve your dating experience.
Called Connectidy, the app aims to help users figure out what they are looking for in a partner and how to best communicate with them. Those who download the app can choose to have it filter through any or all of your social media accounts — LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Gmail — to create a personality profile.
Dineen Tallering, co-founder and president of Connectidy, told Tech Insider that the app doesn't store data, but analyzes the text to give you your Big Five personality traits. A result will look something like this:
The Big Five is one of the most common, preferred ways psychologists use to measure personality. The test measures where you fit in the spectrum of these five qualities: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience.
The personality assessment helps users create an accurate profile, while also helping them understand their own personality so they can find someone who best compliments those traits.
"It's a very detailed personality assessment of who you are," Tallering said. "We've basically given you your profile, so we've eliminated that awkward existence for people."
It actually seems like the best component of the app in that it asks users to reflect on who they are before searching for the right person in the online dating abyss. Although the success of the app will hinge on how well Watson analyzes your personality compared to when you manually take the Big Five test online.
It's also possible to manually enter profile information about yourself, so it's not all up to AI to represent who you are.
Connectdity also uses Watson's Tone Analyzer, which has an interesting premise. Let's say you match with someone and decide to finally draft that message to break the ice, the Tone Analyzer (which is still in beta form) will look at your sentence and explain the tones that are present.
The Tone Analyzer will look for the tones fear, joy, confidence, or openness, and based on which tone is most dominant, the app will give feedback on if there is a better way to craft that sentence. That feedback is tailored based on the user's personality — for example, someone who is more extroverted will be recommended a different communication approach than someone who is more introverted.
"Let's say you write 'I'd love to get with you some time soon,' maybe 'get with you' comes off too aggressive or easy," Tallering said. "Tone Analyzer will help coach you and understand what's going on in that sentence in real time."
Tone Analyzer seems like an interesting component for people who struggle with texting. But it also could have the opposite effect of stripping the personality out of your messages. After all, how you write says a lot about you, and constantly tailoring it to match what Watson thinks is best could give an inaccurate impression as to who you are.
Still, it's refreshing to see a dating app that focuses more on who you are rather than what you look like. And that emphasis on personality is meant to provide better matches.
Connectdity will launch within the next eight weeks in the Tri-State area, Tallering said. The first 20,000 to sign up will get a year-long subscription completely free, and matches will begin once the app gets that many people to sign up.
Those who don't grab that free trial period will have to pay a subscription. Tallering declined to give an estimate for the subscription, but said it would be in-line with its competitors.
"We want to target the people who want meaningful relationships," Tallering said. "The segments of the population interested in serial dating or hooking up, there's plenty of places they can go for that."