If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
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Tired of the endless swiping game that is online dating? OkCupid is trying something a bit different. Starting today they're rolling out a feature that lets you search profiles based on keywords. It's currently available on desktops and for users of their iPhone app. You can search for about 20,000 different terms and find profiles that contain them.
The yes-or-no swipe is the de facto way to find matches in dating apps these days, but it has its limits. Do you really want to sift through dozens of people just to find the one or two that share your interests? Even those sites that do offer search tend to focus just on basics like age or relationship goals. OKCupid, at least, thinks it can do better. It's launching a Discovery feature that lets you search for people who share similar interests.
When I give the dating app LoveFlutter my Twitter handle, it rewards me with a 28-axis breakdown of my personality: I'm an analytic Type A who's unsettlingly sex-focused and neurotic (99th percentile). On the sidebar where my "Personality Snapshot" is broken down in further detail, a section called "Chat-Up Advice" advises, "Do your best to avoid being negative. Get to the point quickly and don't waste their time. They may get impatient if you're moving too slowly." Loveflutter, a Twitter-themed dating app from the UK, doesn't ask me to fill out a personality survey or lengthy About Me (it caps my self-description at a cute 140 characters).
By answering one question, you'll be able to find people who share the same view as you and they'll be able to show themselves for the thoughtful people they hopefully (hopefully) are. Users will be asked, "Should the government defund Planned Parenthood?" This temporary (for the moment, anyway) feature also places other badge holders at the top of your potential matches list. SEE ALSO: Liberal ladies: You're killing it on OKCupid In theory, this saves you the hassle of having to read through bios to get a feel for a potential match's politics.
In the wake of white supremacists rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, companies like OkCupid are weeding out users who participate in hate groups. But OkCupid executive Elie Seidman told the New York Times he doesn't think banning white supremacists is a "slippery slope" to policing beliefs. Women and queer people of color are routinely harassed on popular dating apps, especially women of color. A study from Consumers' Research found with 39 percent of Tinder users and 38 percent of OkCupid users said they were harassed through the app.
In the days before white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Bumble had already been in the process of strengthening its anti-racism efforts, partly in response to an attack the Daily Stormer had waged on the company, encouraging its readers to harass the staff of Bumble in order to protest the company's public support of women's empowerment. Bumble bans any user who disrespects their customer service team, figuring that a guy who harasses women who work for Bumble would probably harass women who use Bumble. After the neo-Nazi attack, Bumble contacted the Anti-Defamation League for help identifying hate symbols and rooting out users who include them in their Bumble profiles. Now, the employees who respond to user reports have the ADL's glossary of hate symbols as a guide to telltale signs of hate-group membership, and any profile with language from the glossary will get flagged as potentially problematic.
White supremacist Chris Cantwell has been kicked off the dating website OkCupid following his participation in the recent Charlottesville, Va. In a series of tweets, OkCupid (owned by Match.com) said it had kicked Cantwell off the platform after being alerted of his profile. We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. "We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid," OkCupid wrote in a tweet.
OkCupid is the latest company to kick white supremacists off of its platform. In a tweet today, the dating service said that it found out Chris Cantwell -- the fascist featured in Vice News' Charlottesville documentary who cried in a video when he thought a warrant was issued for his arrest -- was on its site and subsequently banned him for life. We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. I can't imagine there are too many people sad about not being able to connect with Cantwell on OkCupid, but it looks like now he has something else to cry about.
OKCupid has banned white nationalist Christopher Cantwell from the dating service. And it's asking its members to report other OKCupid members who belong to hate groups. OKCupid joins a growing corporate backlash against neo-Nazis in the U.S. after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Technology companies that once tolerated white supremacists are now booting them from their services. While tech companies have removed accounts belonging to the Islamic State and other terrorist groups under growing political pressure, tech companies until now have not been as aggressive in policing hate groups in the U.S.
In the wake of last weekend's events in Charlottesville and the ongoing fallout, several popular matchmaking platforms are taking steps to ensure their users feel they're in a safe space by banning hate speech and white supremacists. OKCupid took the unusual step today of announcing that they'd discovered that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was a user. We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. The app itself has been a target of harassment from white supremacist groups.