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Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot – book
Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot - the book – is an edited data set of around 300 conversations between an AI Tinderbot and other users of the dating app Tinder. The Tinderbot was given passages from each chapter of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which it sent to people following its own sentiment analysis and facial recognition algorithms.
This work provides a curated deconstruction of romantic and ethical codes in our post-digital age and explores our increasing interaction with technology. The book format gives readers the chance to return to selected conversations and to spot patterns in data. The conversations between the bot and other Tinder users are woven together with selected descriptive excerpts from Lawrence that critique and comment on the conversations, with light irony reflecting similarities and disparities in love, sex, class, gender and family between the 1920s and now.
For each of the 19 chapters of the original novel, I followed a systematic procedure to select the conversations reflecting the various online dating archetypes that emerged – namely the rude/angry person, sad/contemplative, suspicious/confused, jolly/pleasant, having banter and explicit. Often, it appears that similarly to the bot, individuals also have their own script independent of whom they are talking to.