New AI can determine person’s sexual orientation with high accuracy through photo scanning

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If you are a girl and you suspect that your boyfriend is really a ‘girlfriend’, or if you are a guy who has a male buddy who frequently grope your behind – though in a playful teasing manner – then you might want to give this one a read.

A study conducted by researchers from Stanford University has claimed that an artificial intelligence (AI), a computer algorithm, can correctly distinguish between gay and straight — just by scanning images of their faces.

The tests were conducted on 35,000 facial images that men and women publicly posted on a US dating website, and the results was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

According to the data gathered by researchers Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, the AI deduced that gay men and women tend to have “gender-atypical” features, “grooming styles”, and expressions which made them appear more feminine.

Several prominent body features, such as gay men having narrower jaws, longer noses and larger foreheads than straight men were also taken into account by the machine.

When compared to live human judges or ‘gay detectors’, the AI guessed with 81 percent accuracy for men and 74 percent for women, while the live human judges only managed to accurately detect 61 percent for males and 54 percent for women.

And when subjected to five photos per person, the AI proved to be more successful; detecting 91 percent of the time with men and 83 percent with women.