The search engine for love

The Sydney Morning Herald:

It’s easy to play Cupid when both parties are motivated to find love, writes Nicky Phillips.

In the winter of 1959, two Stanford University students used the institution’s room-size IBM 650 to build a computer program that paired 49 young men, mainly classmates, with 49 local women.

Prospective couples answered 30 questions including their age, religion, hobbies and number of children wished for in marriage.

The results were fed into the computer which, after nine hours of processing, selected pairs based on the similarity of the responses. The first attempt at computer dating was launched.

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