The future is robots, and they're teaching us how to flirt.

Robots flirt more or less how you'd expect: awkwardly, employing clichés, direct questions and the occasional emoji to communicate interest.

Sound like the guy you've been talking to on Bumble? Well, that's a good thing as far as an emerging group of tech entrepreneurs is concerned. "Flirttech," if you will, has recently assumed the form of chatbots — computer programs that serve as proxies for romantic partners — that are designed to help woeful daters sext, ghost and develop vocabulary around consent.

"People think sex and dating is supposed

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