From DNA dating to AI pairings, love to “technicalism”?

Technology gives us more reference factors and information indicators, but the happy family is not a cold combination of data, at first sight and intimate interaction, difficult to quantify and compare with data. The benefits of single youth are coming, and in the future artificial intelligence may help you automatically “pair”. Harvard University geneticist Qiu Qi recently announced that it is creating a project to allow people to use genetic matching to determine whether it is worth becoming a partner.

At the same time, Japanese researchers have also developed AI pairs, and are favored by the akita prefecture government, which has the lowest marriage rate in the country, to provide a pairing services using Ai at the Akita Marriage Support Center from January 2020.

AI pairing, “door-to-door pairing” based on data analysis

The unmarriage and infertility of young people in modern society seem to be a trend, leaving many parents and elders with broken hearts. For now, perhaps the most anxious is Japan, where the birth rate fell for four consecutive years from 2016 to 2019, with fewer than 900,000 newborns in 2019, a 120-year low. China’s marriage rate has also fallen for several years, to 7.2 in 2018.

Therefore, “marriage” has long been not only the responsibility of parents, but the problem of the whole society. DNA dating and AI pairings have also emerged, using the power of technology to help young people fall in love, get married and have children, in the hope of achieving a very realistic purpose – to maintain human reproduction and social prosperity.

Survival and reproduction is the nature of human beings, but, in the concept of marriage and pairing, there are many structural changes. With the development of technology, many people are increasingly convinced that science can produce high efficiency in dating and marriage, easier to find matching objects, and help improve the quality of the population of future generations.

DNA dating has been around for some time, and the original principle was based on the compatibility antigen of human major tissues (HLA, also known as the human leukocyte surface antigen). If the antigen is largely different, the attraction between the sexes is stronger and vice versa.

Today, the DNA pairing developed by Qiu Qi et al. is dedicated to genetic disease screening for daters, providing potentially the most suitable dating objects to customers by identifying the disease-causing genes of hundreds of diseases currently being detected on the genome, and can give birth to better offspring after marriage, avoiding Down syndrome, thalassemia, and so on.

AI dating can provide help, mainly in the interaction of information. The software can select people with similar ideas to match their interactions through a pre-designed survey of values and personalities. It will also investigate some of the issues that are not convenient for the two parties to deal with, such as the idea of money, and help to avoid awkward relationships.

AI leads the door, love depends on the individual

It should be admitted that with the help of DNA dating or AI pairings, more young people may be able to make contact with the opposite sex easily, to a certain extent to make up for their lack of social skills, lack of information and other problems, but the help of technology is so great that it can only be limited to the master to lead the door, and the practice behind the whole depends on the individual.

In the relationship between personal feelings, gender harmony, if not hands-on, after a long period of offline understanding and communication, it is difficult to “technical designation” to promote a happy marriage.

For example, if you like children, only when you meet each other in real life and see what attitude they have when they see them will you know if they like children and if they are willing to have children after marriage. Otherwise it is possible to cover up the real three views, to the married life caused trouble.

On the other hand, even apps designed based on scientific research, such as choosing a mate based on genetic similarity, are only a theoretical estimate and a secondary factor. “Gene absorption” on the choice of the right sex weight, in any case, compared to appearance, personality, hobbies, three views and other social elements of marriage.

As for genetic disease screening according to the gene, at present, can only be regarded as a preliminary screening, really to the birth of a child, but also to carry out a variety of prenatal check-ups, in order to confirm the health of the embryo. Because there are too many human diseases, and the gene pairing when sperm binds to the egg is random, there will also be dislocation, jumping, etc., especially because environmental factors and physical and chemical factors can lead to genetic mutations.

It should be said that today’s technology has given us more reference factors and information indicators, help us to find more efficient matching objects, but the real interaction, love, marriage, children, still need emotional “first-hand” and sincere pay. One thing’s for sure: a happy family is not a cold combination of data, but is based on intimacy and mutual understanding.

Zhang Tianzhang (Science And Technology Author)

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