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
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.