Tech Exec Predicts Billion-Dollar AI Girlfriend Industry


When witnessing the sorry state of men addicted to AI girlfriends, one Miami tech exec saw dollar signs instead of red flags.

In a blog-length post on X-formerly-Twitter, former WeWork exec Greg Isenberg said that after meeting a young guy who claims to spend $10,000 a month on so-called "AI girlfriends," or relationship-simulating chatbots, he realized that eventually, someone is going to capitalize upon that market the way Match Group has with dating apps.

"I thought he was kidding," Isenberg wrote. "But, he's a 24-year-old single guy who loves it."

To date, Match Group — which owns Tinder, Hinge,, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, and several others — has a market cap of more than $9 billion. As the now-CEO of the Late Checkout holding company startup noted, someone is going to build the AI version and make a billion or more.

During the exchange, Isenberg said that he was "speechless" when the young man explained his rationale, citing his ability to "play" with his AI paramours the way some people play video games, sending them voice notes and customizing their likes and dislikes as some of the reasons he spends so much money on the services.

The unnamed guy told the tech bro that he is particularly into and, both of which allow for the kind of NSFW chatting that other apps ban.

"It's kinda like dating apps," the AI GF aficionado told Isenberg. "You're not on only one."

Hand It to Him

Reactions varied.

"The girlfriend Singularity is here," wrote disgraced "Dilbert" cartoonist. "Human women had a good run."

"This will be someone you know soon," another posted, "although they may not admit it."

Indeed, while there's been lots of, er, prurient interest in the lives of those humans who prefer AI companionship to the real thing, less consideration has been taken for the way this burgeoning field could well make some early investors money — even as it furthers the dearth of IRL connection and interaction that so many people are craving.

As Isenberg himself said in his post, "things are about to get pretty weird" — which feels like a potential understatement.

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