Artificial Intelligence App Can Identify ‘Gay Faces’

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Washington: First time an Artificial intelligence can figure out a person’s sexual orientation by analysing a picture of their face, a controversial new study claims.

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.

According to its authors, who say they were “really disturbed” by their findings, the accuracy of an AI system can reach 91 per cent for homosexual men and 83 per cent for homosexual women.The study also concludes that homosexual men and women tend to have “gender-atypical facial morphology, expression, and grooming styles”.

The machine intelligence tested in the research, which 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 paper suggested that the findings provide “strong support” for the theory that sexual orientation stems from exposure to certain hormones before birth, meaning people are born gayand being queer is not a choice. The machine’s lower success rate for women also could support the notion that female sexual orientation is more fluid.

Now it’s easy to imagine spouse’s using the technology on partners they suspect are closeted, or teenagers using the algorithm on themselves or their peers. Though the app is itself controversial.

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