Bumble Founder Envisions AI-Powered Dating Concierges

Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder of the dating app Bumble, believes the future of dating will involve personal AI “dating concierges” communicating with hundreds of other AIs to find the best matches.

Wolfe Herd, who stepped down as Bumble CEO in 2023 but remains involved in the company, shared this vision at the Bloomberg Technology Summit on Thursday.

“You could, in the near future, be talking to your AI dating concierge,” Wolfe Herd said. She suggested that users could share their insecurities with the AI which could then scan a city for the most compatible people to meet.

The concept, which bears a striking resemblance to the plot of a 2017 “Black Mirror” episode titled “Hang the DJ,” has sparked both laughter and criticism. In the episode, AI versions of individuals are paired up by an algorithm called “The System” to determine their real-life compatibility.

While the technology portrayed in the episode is hypothetical, the advent of AI chatbots has led some tech executives like Wolfe Herd to argue that similar matching algorithms could become a reality in the future. However, the question remains whether people actually want AI to navigate the online dating landscape on their behalf.