New dating app uses AI avatars to flirt for users

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Users input information about their interests, opinions, and personality into Snack’s interface, so it can send direct messages to their potential matches when they don’t feel like answering themselves. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Dating in Los Angeles can be exhausting. That’s why an app called Snack has released a new feature to help people cut through the small talk — by using an AI-generated avatar that has conversations on behalf of its users. Los Angeles Times Reporter Jamie Ding tried it out, and found that bot-on-bot romance still has its limitations.



  • Jamie Ding - Los Angeles Times business reporter