Finding the ideal companion is no simple task, but a Russian software developer found a wife on a popular dating app, after delegating the choice to Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is more common to use the neural network as a tool to help with writing a song or an essay, but Alexander Zhadan trained OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot to flirt with girls on his behalf.
After using AI to virtually date more than 5,000 women over a year, Alexander found a soulmate, he told RIA Novosti. The 23 year old said he came up with the idea after experiencing difficulty finding the perfect match using normal methods and decided to outsource the task to a neural network.
“I gave ChatGPT information about how I usually communicate. At first there were problems because the program didn’t know me well, it could write some kind of nonsense, but later I trained it to such an extent that it began to interact with girls just like I do,” said the programmer, adding that ChatGPT started more than 5,000 dialogues.
Later on, Zhadan installed certain filters so that the neural network would show him those women with whom he should continue communicating in real life. Once he personally met Karina, the programmer realized that ChatGPT had found him love.
“When Karina and I met in person for the first time, I realized that it was possible to re-train the system to analyze our messages,” said the developer.
The neural network then recommended where to take the girl and how to liven up the conversation. Eventually, ChatGPT suggested that Alexander propose to Karina, telling him that the relationship was “balanced and strong.”
Zhadan followed the advice, and the couple is now engaged. The programmer said he did not immediately tell his fiancée that the neural network had prompted him to propose, but she later took the news calmly.
Сделал предложение девушке, с которой ChatGPT общался за меня год. Для этого нейросеть переобщалась с другими 5239 девушками, которых отсеила как ненужных и оставила только одну. Поделюсь, как сделал такую систему, какие были проблемы и что вышло с остальными девушками. Тред pic.twitter.com/fbVO7OmZhF
— Aleksandr Zhadan (@biblikz) January 30, 2024
Zhadan explained that it is quite possible to make a general program that will help people find an ideal partner, but what he created is “a personal product.”
The techie already garnered widespread public attention last February, when he announced he had used ChatGPT to write his thesis and successfully defended it at The Russian State University for the Humanities, receiving a passing grade. He was allowed to keep his degree, which sparked controversy.
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