The opposite should be true for lesbians. If an algorithm was fed with sufficient data about Facebook Likes, Kosinski and his colleagues found , it could make more accurate personality-based predictions than assessments made by real-life friends. The company provides software that scans passports, visas and social-media profiles, before spitting out scores that categorise people according to several personality types. When I was at Cambridge, I had a minder. There was also anger that Kosinski had conducted research on a technology that could be used to persecute gay people in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is punishable by death. Facebook, Kosinski says, was well aware of his research. When users completed the myPersonality tests, some of which also measured IQ and wellbeing, they were given an option to donate their results to academic research.
Marianna. Age: 26.
When users completed the myPersonality tests, some of which also measured IQ and wellbeing, they were given an option to donate their results to academic research.
Nadia. Age: 21.
Row over AI that 'identifies gay faces'
He experimented with Facebook photos in the myPersonality dataset, he says, to determine how effective the Faception software was at detecting personality traits. His friends, on the other hand, describe Kosinski as a brilliant, provocative and irrepressible data scientist who has an insatiable some say naive desire to push the boundaries of his research. How did this year-old academic, who has yet to write a book, attract the attention of the Russian cabinet? Kosinski denies having collaborated on research, but admits Faception gave him access to its facial-recognition software.