Love in the Time of Algorithms
Making passes at girls in glasses Can hip glasses startup Warby Parker make a love connection? One Warby Parker employee who helped a man pick out his glasses seems to have also run away with his heart. The dude did what all millennials do when they see an attractive girl, and posted a Missed Connection about her on Craigslist:
Did you just watch the love of your life exit the L train without asking for her digits? Digital renaissance man Luke DuBois is here to help. As the Brooklyn Paper reports, Mr. DuBois, an instructor at both the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center, has built a website to help the Craigslist crowd find their “Missed Connections.”
The site scrapes Missed Connections listings in nine different cities, including New York, then uses an algorithm that matches descriptive words from from listings in the same city. If it’s a close enough match (upwards of 85 percent), users are prompted to email the authors of the initial posts to let them know you may have found their subway soulmate.
New York writer and director Gregory Rizzi has a project on KickStarter to fund a short film about finding your dreamgirl on the morning subway commute that sounds like a relateable script straight from Craigslist’s popular Missed Connections or the mind of Patrick Moberg. (They already make movies about Casual Encounters and I think it’s called porn.)
This will be the first live action film for Mr. Rizzi, a feature film animator who has worked at Lucas Film and Electronic Arts. He’s already exceeded his goal of $6,000, but hopeless romantics who want an answer to the Mr. Rizzi’s questions–”How do you pick up a girl when you can’t even get close enough to talk to her?”–have until 6.21 p.m. EST to contribute.
“First Kickstarter reference in a missed connection?” Kickstater’s Fred Benenson wondered out loud on Twitter. A hapless fellow at the Kickstarter Roundtable at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday may have met his dream girl, who according to a Craigslist posting under ‘missed connections,’ greatly distracted him from the panel:
A rare moment of sweetness from the swag-talking Tyler the Creator of the rap collective Odd Future: “Back In October I Met The Girl i Want To Marry. Still Havent Found Her,” he tweeted this weekend, linking to a dim cell phone photo of a pretty girl sitting at a small round table Read More