Artificial Intelligence Better Than Humans At Detecting Who's Gay

Artificial Intelligence Better Than Humans At Detecting Who's Gay

Going a mile further, the researchers at Stanford University have used artificial intelligence to predict the sexuality of a person with a surprising accuracy.

Human judges performed much worse with only a 61% accuracy with pictures of men, and 54% of women. The AI had an accuracy of 81% (for men) when given one picture to look at but this rose to 91% when fed five photos of a person.

The report, published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and also made publicly available on Open Science Framework, used publicly available images from a dating website - the first of the ethical issues some may spot with the research.

The study-which did not include people of color (aka only researched white people's faces) or consider transgender or bisexual people-raised questions about the ethics of facial recognition technology and how it could abuse LGBT people's privacy.

The study concluded that homosexual men and women have "gender-atypical facial morphology, expression, and grooming styles". Gay men had narrower jaws and large foreheads.

After creating a predictive model from patterns in the data, they showed the system pictures of gay and straight men and women.

"Imagine for a moment the potential consequences if this flawed research were used to support a brutal regime's efforts to identify and/or persecute people they believed to be gay", says HRC Director of Public Education and Research, Ashland Johnson.

The machine was able to distinguish between gay and straight men about 91 percent of the times. Image credit Getty Images  Huffington Post
The machine was able to distinguish between gay and straight men about 91 percent of the times. Image credit Getty Images Huffington Post

Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang's algorithm can accurately guess if a person is straight or gay based on a photo of their face.

The authors of the study say the findings support the parental hormone theory (PHT) of sexual orientation, which states that exposure of fetuses to androgens determines their sexual orientation, confirming the widely acknowledged idea that sexuality is determined before birth and is not a choice.

The study was carried out by the Stanford University. To demonstrate this weakness, the researchers selected 1,000 men at random with at least five photographs, but in a ratio of gay to straight that more accurately reflects the real world; approximately seven in every 100.

As tech leaders continue to flag the risks of AI-backed "killer robots", the study from these researchers unravels the darker face of machine intelligence, showing how it can be used to determine the sexuality of an individual just by analysing a bunch of facial images. Image credit: Getty Images / Huffington Post " Faces contain much more information about sexual orientation than can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain", the authors wrote.

The researchers did find that the AI was less reliable outside the confines of the experiment, but when asked to pick people it was most confident were gay, nine out of 10 proved correct. The high success rate is only achieved when comparing images of two men when one of them is known to be gay.

"It's certainly unsettling. Like any new tool, if it gets into the wrong hands, it can be used for ill purposes", said Rule. The Trump campaign used similar models during last year's presidential campaign to target voters, an approach which has generated criticism. "Now we know that we need protections". "At a time where minority groups are being targeted, these reckless findings could serve as weapon to harm both heterosexuals who are inaccurately outed, as well as gay and lesbian people who are in situations where coming out is risky".

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