The Guardian

Why, exactly, would anyone want to use AI to decide whether I’m gay or straight? | Matthew Todd

Stanford research raises the nightmarish prospect of authoritarian governments scanning faces to determine people’s sexuality. We need to be on guard
‘There are 72 countries where same-sex sexual activity is illegal, eight where it is punishable by death.’ Photograph: Alamy

Researchers at Stanford University claimed to have found that computer of people from photographs of their faces. Their programme was able to detect, with surprising accuracy, from more than 300,000 dating website images, who was gay and who straight. The computers were more successful at getting the sexuality of men right – 81% of the time from one picture, 91% after analysing five pictures. With women it was still impressive; 71% correct from analysing one

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian2 min readSociety
'Stop It!' Japanese Women Turn To App To Stop Groping On Trains
Almost two decades after the introduction of women-only train carriages, female commuters in Japan are turning to technology to tackle molesters on packed rush-hour trains. The Digi Police app enables victims of groping to activate a voice shouting “
The Guardian5 min read
From Billie Eilish To Hall & Oates: The Best US Summer Festival Lineups
Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists
The Guardian4 min read
At Least Four More Die On Everest Amid Overcrowding Concerns
Latest deaths, including an Irish climber, come as others report ‘insane’ delays at the peak