The Oscar Dilemma

“I think we are perfect for each other because you don’t like kids and I don’t need anymore kids,” he told me. “I can’t believe we matched. It’s like hitting the jackpot.”

At least we didn’t date for a year until he said, I’m not over my ex (over text). I think online dating sometimes brings out the evil inside us.

Ghosting is understandable, but mosting is cowardly.

As a software engineer I began to wonder, how can a dating app craft a good user experience for people with both good and bad intentions alike? It’s a dilemma because on the one hand a dating app wants as many active users as possible, but on the other hand, it’s a social responsibility to protect its users from accounts that are abusive, bullying, misogynous or fake. 

I discussed this problem with a data scientist friend and we decided to work on some ideas related to making recommendations for dates. We have designed this survey for some dating related questions we would like to get feedback for our plan (https://forms.gle/fpzTB9LxdXm6xnpT6). Thank you so much!

Machines are racists!

I just found out that machines are the most racists — on Friday night I bought a novel in Spanish on Amazon, then ever since, I started receiving marketing emails from Amazon in Spanish and a lot of them, suggests: “if you like El Alquimista, you might also want to check out books about GED preparation!”

Someone should change those recommendation engine metrics, because not everyone who reads in Spanish is a high school drop out!