Lisbon — Forget swiping though endless profiles. Dating apps are using artificial intelligence (AI) to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favourite celebrity. Until recently smartphone dating apps — such as Tinder, which lets you see in real time who is available and "swipe" if you wish to meet someone — left it up to users to ask someone out and then make the date go well. But to fight growing fatigue from searching through profiles in vain, the online dating sector is turning to AI to help arrange meetings in real life and act as a dating coach. These new uses for AI — the science of programming computers to reproduce human processes such as thinking and decision making — by dating apps were highlighted at the four-day Web Summit, which wrapped up on Thursday in Lisbon. Online dating pioneer eHarmony announced it is developing an AI-enabled feature that nudges users to suggest meeting in person after they have bee...

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