Digital dating: With this AR monocle, AI becomes a wingman

Digital dating: With this AR monocle, AI becomes a wingman

Fumbling for the right words might become a thing of the past. An AR monocle shows clever and insightful remarks directly in front of your eye, for more success on dates and in job interviews.

The dating project "rizzGPT" by students at Stanford University combines an AR "monocle" from Brilliant Labs with artificial intelligence. The goal is to shine with impressive dialogs at all times during dates or job interviews.

Prospective "flirting professionals" wear the smart lens, which weighs just 15 grams, directly to the frame of their conventional glasses. Then, an AI chatbot superimposes the answers generated by GPT-4 on the monocle.

"AI god" in an AR headset

Software from OpenAI is also used to capture the sentences of the conversation partner. The text recognition Whisper converts your words into text and forwards them to the chatbot. In a sample video, the system responds quickly, but a small pause for thought is reminiscent of awkward pauses in speech during video conferences.

After the text appears on the AR monocle, users must read the sentence and deliver it convincingly. The creators, Alix Cui, Bryan Hau-Ping Chiang, and Varun Shenoy, have come up with a snappy marketing term. rizzGPT" is "Charisma as a Service" (CaaS), explains Chiang, a student of computer science and electrical engineering, on Twitter.

"We imagine a new era of ambient computing enabled by AR + AI, where everyone has their own personal assistant available 24/7," Chiang explained in a tweet, "It's like having God observe your life and tell you exactly what to do next."


The potential is reminiscent of spy movies, but the initial demonstration doesn't seem all that convincing. In an ironic job interview, Cui acts as the interviewer and seems amused with the somewhat stilted dialog.

AR help for daily life

Monocle-wearer Shenoy gets tangled up several times and pauses or misreads words that are split across lines when reading out the AI's suggested responses: "Thank you for your interest. I have been studying React (...) Native for the past few months and i'm confident that i have the skills and knowledge access (...) necessary for the job."

For now, the experiments around the dating advice monocle remain meme-worthy rather than suitable for everyday use. Of course, as AR technology continues to miniaturize, the potential is still great.

Another project that makes use of the monocle, "LifeOS," even uses facial recognition via the built-in camera. In this way, the connected chatbot can quickly name the appropriate conversation partner and relevant topics of conversation, in other words, like subtitles for everyday life.


Sources: Twitter 1, 2