Speed dating for teachers

The charming, slightly geeky former investment banker might not seem like an obvious candidate to be a font of knowledge about the dating world, but he is an avid reader of psychology books and, as he says, “the stats never lie”.

offers two broad services: one is what Li calls a “self-service dating service” where members pay 400 yuan (US) a year to browse members’ profiles, chat and arrange dates; the other is a more exclusive offline, face-to-face matchmaking service that costs 4,000 yuan for six months.

“The machines will know what it is that most excites you and gives you a natural level of challenge that is not too hard or too easy, but just right for you.” He expected the National Union of Teachers to be “very alarmed” by the prospect, a feeling he shared.

“The technology's already beginning to arrive,” he said.

School teachers will lose their traditional role and effectively become little more than classroom assistants.

They will remain on hand to set up equipment, help children when necessary and maintain discipline, Sir Anthony said.

That’s according to Dr Song Li, founder of Zhenai.com, one of China’s biggest matchmaking sites – who apologises if his findings may not seem “politically correct”. Professors at the University of Hong Kong or a university in the UK or US might be interested in using our data to study the psychology of love,” says Li, who has the infectious enthusiasm and quirky personality commonly seen among bona fide serial entrepreneurs.First came Me Me Star, a short message-based chat forum that he sold to the Chinese telecom firm Sina.Following a one-year “lock-up period” imposed by Sina he set up a music sharing company that eventually pivoted to become “I’d love it if our data could contribute to society.” He’s not kidding about the volume of data.says it has 120 million registered users, and new users join the dating platform at a rate of 40,000 to 50,000 a day.

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