Artificial Intelligence can now work out whether you’re gay or straight just from a photograph
Advances in artificial intelligence mean machines are now able to figure out a person’s sexuality just from their face.
Research at Stanford University has found that human faces have subtle differences which can denote sexuality, IQ and even political views.
Experts Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang found that intimate traits in a face can be picked up by machine, which humans are not capable of spotting.
According to The Economist, a programme developed to figure out people’s sexuality from just their faces performed with remarkable accuracy.
The researchers’ used 130,741 images of 36,630 men and 170,360 images of 38,593 women downloaded from a popular American dating website.
The images – half of which were of gay people, half heterosexual – were put into a computer system, VGG-Face, which produced a string of numbers to represent a person’s faceprint.
The next step was to use a predictive model, known as logistic regression, to find correlations between the features of those faceprints and their owners’ sexuality.
The computer conclusions were then compared against the sexuality listed on the dating profile.
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Incredibly, the model accurately predicted the person’s sexuality in 81% of cases.
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