Who says romance was dead? Whoever it was, AI may now actually kill it. According to the founder and former CEO of declining matchmaking app Bumble, the future of dating will involve one person’s online avatar dating someone else’s avatar before they meet in order to find the perfect match. Speaking to Bloomberg, Whitney Wolfe Herd described the experience as a “dating concierge” that would be able to “teach you how to date”, helping the user sort out various relationship issues.

Embedded within this was arguably a last-ditch effort for the dating app to claim some relevance. Bumble, Tinder and Hinge are all facing the problem of maintaining a user base, having experienced a rapid decline in numbers. Bumble even rolled back on its key feature recently, allowing men to send the first message rather than women. Will swiping become obsolete?