A tech executive put out a blog post on X recently in which he predicted that an app that allows people to “date” virtual girlfriends powered by artificial intelligence (AI) will exceed a $1 billion market capitalization.

Greg Isenberg is the CEO and co-founder of Late Checkout, a holding company that acquires internet-based businesses with good cash flow. He is deeply enmeshed in the tech world: he previously worked at WeWork after it acquired a messing app he founded called Islands, and also served as an advisor to TikTok and Reddit.

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He claims to have met a 24-year-old man who already spends $10,000 a month on his “AI girlfriends. “Some people play video games, I play with AI girlfriends,” the Miami man, who loves his AI relationship, allegedly said. Isenberg shared pictures of “AI girlfriends,” as well as the declining value of the traditional dating app Match.

“I get to customize my AI girlfriend,” the man added. “Likes, dislikes etc. It’s comfort at the end of the day.” He mentioned Candy.ai and Kupid.ai as two websites that he currently enjoys using.

“In case you were wondering, AI boyfriends exist too,” Isenberg said in a follow-up post.

Two Canada-based researchers, Connor Leshner and Jessica Johnson, conducted a survey to gauge who would be interested in sex robots, or what they call “robosexuality.” Their paper, “Technically in Love: Individual differences relating to sexual and platonic relationships with robots,” found that people with sexist views would be the most likely to engage in robosexuality, not those who regularly have recreational sex.

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics and business for VT and a regular guest on The Unusual Suspects. Follow Shane’s work here.

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