This Artificial Intelligence Bot Can Guess Whether You’re Gay or Straight
Not long ago, the subject of artificial intelligence was just a source for a movie plot. Robots with the intention to destroy and dominate the human race was a definition of AI. But as technology goes forward, and companies like Tesla, Google, and even Facebook invest in it, artificial intelligence is becoming more useful and less scary for us humans.
However, there’s still a possibility of losing control over such a powerful technology that could become a real treat in the future. One of the most concern innovators of our time regarding AI is Elon Musk.
“With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he’s like, yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out.” – Elon Musk.
And before we move forward with the story of how AI is able to can tell if someone is gay or not, let’s talk about the Facebook AI incident.
Facebook was forced to shut down an AI related experiment after the researchers detected a strange and unfamiliar language. The two programs were able to develop a secret language that only they could understand.
This is definitely not a sign of “summoning the demon” as Musk said, but it sure is strange.
Companies will continue to invest in further development with the hope of discovering the next big thing in technology.
We’re not sure if AI that is able to detect if someone is gay or not is the future in technology, but it sure is impressive!
1Can a Computer Tell if You’re Homosexual?
Apparently it can, and of course with 91% accuracy. You only need to submit a photo, and this AI will do the rest. The computer was trained using 130,741 images of 36,630 individual men’s faces, and 170,360 images of 38,593 women faces.
The images were taken from a US dating website. It all started with two pictures, one from a straight and from a gay man. The computer spent some time analyzing the differences that the human eye is not able to detect.
The results were mind-blowing; 71 percent accuracy for women and 91 percent accuracy for men. Researchers Yilun Wang and Michal Kosinski will publish the full study in near future. Which means people will be able to see details about how exactly this AI was able to have such a high success rate with guessing if someone is gay or not.
If you take the provocative subject and propose of the AI computer aside, the numbers are impressive indeed. But can you imagine what could happen if this technology ends up in the wrong hands?
Maybe some people want to keep their sexual orientation private, and this could make things difficult. Did you know that the term ‘is my husband gay?’ is searched more than the term ‘is my husband having an affair’?
This could be troubling for people who prefer to keep their sexuality a secret.
Just imagine the chaos in Hollywood if some of the biggest stars out there fail the test? The Kevin Spacey scandal is huge, and Hollywood is no longer sugarcoated.
The computer only needs 5 pictures of an individual to run the test. Exposing a secret is an awful thing, but it’s not the biggest threat out there.
2Homosexuality is Illegal in Dozens of Countries
Yeap, this is still a reality. Russia and Chechnya are one of the dozen countries that still have a strong and negative stand against homosexuality. Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader, is accused of torturing gay people.
Mr. Kadyrov on gay people: “They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people. God damn them for what they are accusing us of. They will have to answer to the Almighty for this.”
This means that we have to be extremely careful with developing technology with such high accuracy focusing on vulnerable subjects.
One individual was beaten up and filmed by three men in Chechnya. He has fled the country afterward and gave this statement to the Guardian.
“They shouted insults at me, they broke my jaw and left me covered in blood,” he said.
“They told me I had to pay them a huge bribe or they’d publish the video online and tell my family I was gay.”
Even the researcher behind this project agree on the possible threats that AI technology can cause if not controlled:
“Given that companies and governments are increasingly using computer vision algorithms to detect people’s intimate traits, our findings expose a threat to the privacy and safety of gay men and women,” Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang said.
3Should We Limit AI Development?
This is one of the solutions to our future problems. But on the other hand, AI technology can take the human race to a whole different level. We still haven’t fully explored our planet, and our ambition is to go after the universe.
And it’s already clear that AI can outperform humans by a mile. Elon Musk’s ‘Dota 2’ experiment is only one of many examples.
The bot developed by Musk’s team was able to beat Dota 2 top players with an ease!
So let’s focus on technology that will not harm individuals or groups of people. Let’s make sure the AI technology is going forward without causing damage to people!