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AI “looks” at your selfie—and sees what type you are

29 May '20
A Russian research team has developed a neural network that is said to be able to speculate on one’s traits of character by analyzing the person’s photo—and do it better than humans, portal HighTech+ reported.

The new artificial intelligence is a brainchild of scientists at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), the Open University of Humanities and Economics, and a Russo-British start-up called BestFitMe. Word came that the efficacy of this new AI in character prognostication by photo was higher than the average human can achieve, and more accurate than the current competition from among machine learning solutions: 58% vs. the existing 50%.

The neural network is reported to have studied 31,000 selfies and learned to evaluate five parameters: honesty, neuroticism, extraversion, conformity, and openness. Honesty proved to be the best-guessed trait of these all.

Curiously enough, the algorithm has shown higher efficacy when dealing with female photos, compared to male ones.

A machine learning method like this one could help step up the assessment of candidates in situations where swiftness is key or an evaluator has to work with huge pics databases. Markets for the technology could primarily include headhunting agencies, dating websites/apps and customer service, all interested in selecting most friendly and communicative faces to deal with.
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