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    New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

    An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions

    Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have significantly better “gaydar” than humans.
    The study from Stanford University – which found that a computer algorithm could correctly distinguish between gay and straight men 81% of the time, and 74% for women – has raised questions about the biological origins of sexual orientation, the ethics of facial-detection technology, and the potential for this kind of software to violate people’s privacy or be abused for anti-LGBT purposes.
    The machine intelligence tested in the research, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and first reported in the Economist, was based on a sample of more than 35,000 facial images that men and women publicly posted on a US dating website. The researchers, Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, extracted features from the images using “deep neural networks”, meaning a sophisticated mathematical system that learns to analyze visuals based on a large dataset.
    The research found that gay men and women tended to have “gender-atypical” features, expressions and “grooming styles”, essentially meaning gay men appeared more feminine and vice versa. The data also identified certain trends, including that gay men had narrower jaws, longer noses and larger foreheads than straight men, and that gay women had larger jaws and smaller foreheads compared to straight women.
    Human judges performed much worse than the algorithm, accurately identifying orientation only 61% of the time for men and 54% for women. When the software reviewed five images per person, it was even more successful – 91% of the time with men and 83% with women. Broadly, that means “faces contain much more information about sexual orientation than can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain”, the authors wrote.

    While the findings have clear limits when it comes to gender and sexuality – people of color were not included in the study, and there was no consideration of transgender or bisexual people – the implications for artificial intelligence (AI) are vast and alarming. With billions of facial images of people stored on social media sites and in government databases, the researchers suggested that public data could be used to detect people’s sexual orientation without their consent.


    It’s easy to imagine spouses using the technology on partners they suspect are closeted, or teenagers using the algorithm on themselves or their peers. More frighteningly, governments that continue to prosecute LGBT people could hypothetically use the technology to out and target populations. That means building this kind of software and publicizing it is itself controversial given concerns that it could encourage harmful applications.
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    Thoughts on this?
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    Pouty face selfie bathroom mirror - 98.2 percent chance your gay
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    "Privacy" is edging ever closer to becoming an obsolete term and, apparently, nothing is going to stop that from happening. We're observed and analyzed in a myriad of ways, and now we have yet another new way. There will be more. Where all of this eventually ends up remains to be seen.
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    I don't understand why this would ever be necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    I don't understand why this would ever be necessary.
    - Targeting advertising based on profile pictures
    - Weeding out impure people from breeding with the master race

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    - Targeting advertising based on profile pictures
    - Weeding out impure people from breeding with the master race
    Well then, now it makes sense!
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