Tech companies are very good at delivering personalized content based on what they know about you. But they’re not very good at detecting big, sudden changes in your life. For example, Google Photos can show you photos of a loved one taken three years ago, and Pinterest can suggest wedding-themed photos when your special day is approaching. But what if that loved one is no longer in the picture? What if this wedding was called off? These algorithms that resurface memories aren’t very good at telling which of those previously happy memories might now be upsetting.
This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED Senior Writer Arielle Pardes joins us to talk about how the Internet has changed the way we love and remember. We also talk about the state of dating apps and how technology has given us new ways to connect with potential loves, especially during the pandemic.
Read Lauren’s story on how the internet doesn’t let you forget about past relationships here. Read Arielle’s Profile of Shar Dubey, The Boss Of All Dating Apps here. Read Will Knight’s conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro here.
Arielle Pardes can be found on Twitter @pardesoteric. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar keys.
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