WORLDCRUNCH - July 20 - Back in 2014, Justin Long started working on Bernie.ai, a robot that used facial recognition to select profiles on behalf of the user. If there was a match, it started the conversation with an opening line. The start-up LoveFlutter relies on Twitter and Facebook posts to match users. By teaming up with Receptiviti.ai, a company that specializes in the automated analysis of people's psychological states based on language use, the dating app promises to connect compatible personalities. Xavier de Baillenx heads innovation at Meetic. He developed the personal assistant Lara while co-running the start-up Pretty Fun Therapy, which has since been bought by Meetic. Today, Lara has ~50 distinct pieces of advice to give, suggesting locations for a date, what to wear, or how to overcome shyness.