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What if we could connect friends, parents, children, siblings, and partners who are separated in different parts of the country or the world?
VR technology is still very much in its infancy, but if we continue to develop and innovate in the virtual reality space, we could very well redefine what it means to be social in the modern age.
Rather than having to articulate what you are looking for in a partner, matching could become even more accurate through tracking people’s behaviour and how they react to different situations.
Physically, devices could track your actions and find other singles that have a similar lifestyle pattern, tracking data such as the places you go and the activities you do.
The report, commissioned by relationship site e Harmony and compiled by MSc Management students at Imperial College Business School, is based on analysis of more than 100 years of trend data and interviews with leading experts across the fields of anthropology, sociology, technology and biomedicine.
The findings reveal a "super-charged" continuation of today's online dating trends.
While in recent years DNA research has been cost prohibitive, the price of sequencing DNA from a cell will fall from around £52m in 2003 to £650 by 2040.
Greater affordability will enable more research, and by 2040 scientists may have a clear understanding of the role our own DNA plays in attraction, allowing it to be introduced to the "matching" process.
The growing "hyper-connectivity" between our everyday devices – known as the Internet of Things – together with the prominence of wearable technology could transform how people meet by 2040.
Technology has already transformed the dating world, with matchmaking websites allowing people to scope out potential partners before they meet, and apps like Tinder and Happn pairing people based on location.
But how will this technological intervention into our romantic affairs play out in the future?