People can judge with surprising accuracy whether someone is gay or straight — even when they're looking at a black-and-white photograph, cropped of hair and identifying marks, and presented upside down. The findings from a University of Washington study suggest people use a combination of clues from individual facial features and from the way those features fit together to make snap judgments about sexual orientation , said researcher Joshua Tabak, a graduate student in psychology. Tabak's is not the first study to find that people can correctly guess a person's sexual orientation from a photograph more often than just by chance. This "gaydar" isn't infallible: The rate of correct guesses is usually in the high 50 percent to mid percent range, Tabak said. Still, that's pretty impressive, he said, given that researchers use cropped faces without hair, jewelry or other possible hints about sexual orientation. What earlier studies had not done was to tease out how people make these snap sexuality judgments.
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Artificial Intelligence AI can now accurately identify a person's sexual orientation by analyzing photos of their face, according to new research. The Stanford University study, which is set to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and was first reported in The Economist, found that machines had a far superior "gaydar" when compared to humans. The machine intelligence tested in the research could correctly infer between gay and straight men 81 percent of the time, and 74 percent of the time for women. In contrast, human judges performed much worse than the sophisticated computer software, identifying the orientation of men 61 percent of the time and guessing correctly 54 percent of the time for women. The research has prompted critics to question the possible use of this type of machine intelligence, both in terms of the ethics of facial-detection technology and whether it could be used to violate a person's privacy. Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, the lead researchers of the study, suggested the software was able to find subtle differences in facial structure between gay and straight people and therefore could accurately conclude their sexual orientation.
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But its power — and the dangers it poses — are becoming increasingly evident. A new, controversial algorithm from data scientists at Stanford University, which can accurately distinguish whether a person is gay or straight by analyzing a photo of their race, is underscoring that point. They discuss their algorithm in a new study, which has not yet been published but has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. A free preprint of the paper is currently available. After analyzing one photograph of a person, the algorithm was able to correctly tell if a male person was gay or straight with 81 percent accuracy and 74 percent accuracy if the person was female.