How Will Connected Tech Affect Our Love Lives?

How Will Connected Tech Affect Our Love Lives?

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The vast majority of people’s lives are inexorably intertwined with technology. Over the last 30 years, we’ve seen IRC and later the world wide web develop into a conduit for making friends and potentially romantic relationships, offering people the ability to find ‘their tribe’ and explore their sexual identities and preferences. Webcams, and later programs like Skype, have added a visual aspect to physically distant relationships. Social media means we get to know people before we ever meet them in the flesh and mobile phone apps like Tinder have enabled geo-location mapping, making it easier to take things from the screen to the sheets.

More recently, wearable technology, often embedded with AI, is being marketed as a way to find the right romantic partner and a tool that can be used to maintain and enhance relationships. Do we need it? Is it useful? What happens when we pair it with existing ‘always on’ public information like social media profiles? Does it mean the death of privacy?

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May 16, 2017 at 08:30AM

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