‘Hey, You Kids! Don’t Put Your Lips On It!’

Here, humans can kiss virtual characters while playing games and receive physical kisses from their favorite virtual characters. Further, Kissenger can be integrated into modern communication devices to facilitate the interactive communication between natural and technologically mediated environments and enhance human tele-presence.

via KISSENGER: KISS Messenger Robot.

Just in case you were not feeling lonely enough on Valentine’s Day, I offer the very real possibility that your neighbor, you know the one, who plays so much [insert name of popular role-playing game here] that it is like he is married to the game, or something, might actually be married to the game.

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“To date, there is no compelling evidence that any online dating matching algorithm actually works,” Finkel observes. “If dating sites want to claim that their matching algorithm is scientifically valid, they need to adhere to the standards of science, which is something they have uniformly failed to do. In fact, our report concludes that it is unlikely that their algorithms can work, even in principle, given the limitations of the sorts of matching procedures that these sites use.”

via Grading the online dating industry.