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Would You Pay $2,000 a Month For an ‘Online-Dating Concierge’?

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Recenello)

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Recenello)

You’d think meeting someone is easier than ever in this age of swiping, but a new startup wants you to pay $2,000 per month to outsource your online dating. And some New Yorkers are actually doing it.
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Christian Rudder presents Dataclysm

Christian Rudder is co-founder and President of OkCupid—yes, the same OkCupid that has rescued your “love” life from the doldrums and is now the only reason you ever leave the house even though sometimes it makes you feel as if the search is futile—and he’s now also the author ofDataclysm. The book is subtitledWho We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), and whether that sounds ominous to you or not probably depends on your stance on the highly controversial personal data mining carried out by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and (yes!) OkCupid. Blithely sidestepping the political ramifications of such practices, Rudder instead dives enthusiastically into the social science potential of big data. Dataclysm examines what our online lives reveal about who we really are, focusing intently on the magical potential of the algorithm.

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A Big Egg, Big Bees, and Even Bigger Data

All subjects you can contemplate at this week’s thrilling selection of readings and talks. 

Friday, September 5

We, The Outsiders Opening Reception
We, The Outsiders is an art exhibition that explores several perplexing questions: “Can it be said that art has a consciousness of its own? And if such a consciousness were independent of us, where would it place us in relation to itself?” I have no idea what that means, but I do know that the exhibition revolves around a gigantic egg—which probes, like the classic chicken-and-the-egg conundrum (I prosaically assume), where consciousness begins and ends when it comes to art. Keep Reading »

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We Answered This Personal Ad Placed On an East Village Phone Booth

Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, not everybody is swiping away on Tinder. We recently spotted a couple of handmade lonely-hearts flyers in the East Village. The one at left offered just an email address and a head shot of Oscar the Grouch. We decided to get in touch with ladies man “Alex A,” and he answered a few of our questions about love and luck in the city. (Though only after he had made a play for a date. Cheeky devil.) Read our exchange below, and stay tuned tomorrow as we talk to the author of the other flyer, a loner from Detroit who wrote, “If you have a heart you can give me a call or text.”
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Tonight: Enjoy a Casual Encounter With a Founder of OkCupid

Christian Rudder

Christian Rudder

Remember the Love Calculator? Though still a reliable standby, we’ve come a long way since the days when we depended on Dr. Love to diagnose compatibility. There’s now a whole universe of dating data out there thanks to the explosion of Internet dating sites. Christian Rudder, co-founder of endless source of romantic hilarity, OkCupid, put his Harvard degree in mathematics to good use and tapped into this datasphere. Tonight at the Yard, he’ll present material from his forthcoming book about data driven matchmaking.
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