Structure

The short story “True Love” by Isaac Asimov follows a simple structure with a plot twist. A programmer enlists the help of an intelligent computer program that he designed to help him find his true love. In the process, the computer program (named Joe) becomes more like the programmer and Joe decides that it wants the ideal woman it finds for itself, so it has the programmer arrested.

Title

The title of the story, “True Love”, suggests the plot is going to be about romantic relationships. However, the story takes a scientific approach to true love as the search for it becomes a matter of matchmaking through an intelligent computer program using algorithms and data: “ ‘I'm tired of improving you in order to solve the problems of the world. Solve my problem. Find me true love.’ ” 

At a deeper level, the story is about the way Artificial Intelligence co...

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