LoveBot Takes All The Pesky Relating Out of Your Relationship

You can finally tell your partner you love them without actually having to think about them

Illustration: Diana Quach
Sep 13, 2016 at 2:40 PM ET

Are you tired of having to tell the people closest to you that you love them? Probably not, because it’s not really that hard! But nevertheless, there’s a new bot designed to solve a problem you hopefully don’t even have. Meet LoveBot, which sends the nearest and dearest people in your life an automated, pre-scheduled message filled with affection. If that sounds insane, that’s because it is.

The bot’s creator, Guru Ranganathan, explained his plight during TechCrunch’s Disrupt Hackathon presentation: “My wife says I’m not expressive enough, that I don’t say I love you enough.” And this was his solution, which lets you pick from three styles of sentiment: love, casual, and motivational. That is truly the dream, isn’t it? To never have to think about the people you love? For a small segment of startup founders who think they’re so busy changing the world that they can’t spare a moment to communicate with other humans, perhaps. For the rest of us, not so much.

The problem, really, is that maintaining a human relationship isn’t like ordering groceries online. You can’t just set it and forget it. Ranganathan, though, is convinced he’s found a winner: “Once you set it up I guarantee it, you’re going to get a lot of brownie points.” But what if your partner senses the emptiness behind the bot. Or what if you’ve programmed a nice motivational message to be sent to your girlfriend and it arrives just after her beloved cat dies unexpectedly? It’s obvious that this is a terrible idea on a number of levels. The LoveBot may not disrupt romance, but it certainly seems like a great way to disrupt your relationship.