New AI robot can guess whether you’re gay or straight using a photograph

November 27, 2017- Artificial intelligence has surpassed human expectations and is growing and learning faster. Only recently, artificial intelligence can already accurately guess whether someone is gay or straight just by looking at a photo- this suggests that AI machines would be far better at analyzing whether someone is gay or not when compared with humans.

A study released by Stanford found out that a computer algorithm could correctly distinguish which one is gay and which one is straight 81% of the time. Facial detection technology now has the ability to know. The machine-based its study in more than 35,000 facial images of men and women in a US dating website. The researchers Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang took photos and performed testing through deep neural networks, a sophisticated mathematical system that learns to analyze visuals and bases them on a large data set.



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.

Whereas humans were not as quick and able to identify the orientation and sexual preference of a person. The software is far more successful than humans in detecting. Some fear that this type of technology can be used to oppress LGBT groups and if not placed in the hands of the right people this could be a harmful tool.  However, authors argued that humans can always campaign for privacy clauses to safeguard the rights of people.


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