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  • Matchmaking in the Digital Age

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City

      • Registration Closed

    In the not-too-distant past people found love through real-world social networks: family, friends, jobs, and social groups. But online dating has completely changed the way we find love and shifted matchmaking to a mathematical science. Now millions of singles turn over large amounts of personal data to computers, hoping an algorithm will find them the perfect mate. One leading online dating site is using that data to uncover the anthropology of human mating.

    OkCupid, one of the biggest dating sites in the world, was founded by four mathematicians. Christian Rudder—one of those founders—analyzes the company's trove of personal data and draws funny, revealing, and downright strange conclusions on the company's blog, OkTrends. He'll will give a behind-the-scenes look into human mating in the 21st century, just in time for Valentine's Day. You'll never look at your love life the same way again.

    Join us for a reception afterward, where you may just meet someone the old-fashioned way.

    Registration Pricing

    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Member:$15
    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Nonmember:$20

    This event is part of the Being Human in the 21st Century Series

    One of the signature traits of being human is our quest to define what it means to "be human." But that definition is always changing—now perhaps more than ever. From virtual reality to mundane reality, science and technology continue to push the boundaries of human existence. In this series, Science & the City will examine what it means to be human in the 21st century.

    Other upcoming events in this series:
    System Overload: The Limits of Human Memory, September 6, 2011
    Celluloid Science: Humanizing Life in the Lab, October 20, 2011
    Virtual Humanity: The Anthropology of Online Worlds, November 9, 2011
    Familiar but Strange: Exploring our Relationship with Robots, December 5, 2011

    Learn more about the series here.