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New software can tell if you are anything from a paedophile to an ace poker player by analysing your features

The company claims its software classified nine of the 11 Paris massacre jihadists as terrorists from their facial features without inputting any prior knowledge of their involvement.

It appears to have been so successful, the firm says it is now working with a homeland security agency to help identify criminals.

  • My doppelganger is a US terrorist. No kidding. This has caused me considerable inconvenience in airports. I wonder what the software would make of me?

    • Exile1981

      That your a small mouse and afraid of cats?

  • kkruger71

    I call (mostly) BS on this one. Just the same old snake oil wrapped in modern technology. Would like to see the methodology used in these claims of success. My guess would be simple profiling, much the same as successful physics use to read people.

  • ismiselemeas

    Well, it’s phrenology writ large. However, to give it the benefit of the doubt I would argue that if the software detects a) a beard b) one eyebrow c) large teeth with wide gaps d) pronounced facial features due to excessive inbreeding e) a permanent sneering grin and f) a permanent dent in the forehead then the likelihood of that individual having terrorist inclinations would be statistically high.

  • Sid Falco

    Hmm, what about the traditional rules of thumb like a beard or dark skin.

    • V10_Rob

      So, profiling wrapped up in a veneer of pseudo-scientific high-tech phrenology? “No, we didn’t pull you aside for a more detailed security check because you’re brown and bearded, the machine tapped you for having the sloping brow and cranial bumpage of a jihadist.”

      It’s not the worst excuse, but as soon as someone accuses the programmers of inputting racist assumptions, it’s all back to square one.

  • Alain

    They should try out their software on the Liberals sitting in Parliament to see if it works.

  • Exile1981

    She’s a ginger, she has no soul…

    • V10_Rob

      Of course she has a soul.

      They get a new freckle for each one they devour.

  • Scotch_Pine

    It’s called “physiognomy”, and it’s been around for centuries. Nowadays it’s
    pretty much classified as a pseudoscience.

  • So, this software is basically a racist AI?

  • seaoh

    Did the software determine the woman in the photo is a racist? obvious isn’t it? white skin, red hair, freckles, all the DNA markers associated with being a racist; probably a homophobe too.