Japan plans to boost its tumbling birth rate by funding artificial intelligence matchmaking to help residents find love.
Next year it will subsidize local governments already running or starting projects that use AI to pair people up. Last year, the number of babies born in Japan fell below 865,000 – a record low.
The fast-greying nation has long been searching for ways to reverse one of the world’s lowest fertility rates. Boosting the use of AI tech is one of its latest efforts.
Next year the government plans to allocate 19 million dollars to boost the birth rate. Many already offer human-run matchmaking services and some have introduced AI systems in the hope they will perform more sophisticated analysis of standardized forms where people submit their details.
A few of the existing systems are limited to criteria such as income and age, only producing a result if there is an exact match. The new costly systems will take into account factors like hobbies and values.