It’s no secret that facial recognition software is here – and on the Internet – to stay. More than two years ago we told Internet Patrol readers how Facebook is using face matching software on the photos you upload, and more recently we told of how the police are using facial recognition software on pictures they find in social media to find criminals and persons of interest.
But even we were surprised at this novel use of facial recognition software: finding a mate based on facial similarities to yourself.
Who would want to date someone who looks like themselves? Sounds kind of creepy to us.
FindYourFaceMate.com, the brainchild of Christina Bloom, claims to have over 43,000 registered users. So creepy or not in concept, it seems that in practice Bloom is on to something.
Bloom cites as examples for her theory, that people are attracted to people who look like themselves, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, and Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
Burton and Taylor
Frankly we don’t really see the similarity
According to the site, “Find Your FaceMate® is a revolutionary new online dating site that employs sophisticated facial recognition software and a proprietary algorithm to identify partners more likely to ignite real passion and compatibility. We employ The Science & Art of Love™ in fine tuning the search for meaningful relationships. Scientists offer compelling data on romantic chemistry and findings prove that passion is subconsciously ignited when we spot someone whose facial features are similar to our own. Find Your FaceMate® offers a unique service to the ever expanding market of online daters.”
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While we think this may all be a bunch of hooey, one thing that the dating site model does have over most other dating sites: you actually get to see a full-face picture in each profile.
You can check out FindYourFaceMate.com here.