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Re: [Phys-L] Image Classifier using a Deep Neural Net.

Interesting. The science is impressive. The ethics more questionable.

What is the value of an application that can identify people's sexual preferences - presumably only useful to be applied regardless of their wishes as otherwise one could just ask them. Will it be used by bouncers in gay clubs, or… by youth leaders in fundamentalist churches?

If you can tell (statistically) sexual preference from faces, can you tell level of promiscuity? faithfulness? level of sexual satisfaction? level of sexual skills?

Not entirely meant to be flippant:

* Can such technology be used to identify terrorists from their faces
(sounds good) with an error rate (ah!)
* Can such technology be used to identify dissenters in a totalitarian
regime from their faces - with an error rate?
* Can such technology be used to identify belief in God in a state
that requires religious observation - with an error rate?

I'm sure there are plenty of other examples.

Best wishes


On 03/12/2022 16:40, Brian Whatcott wrote:
The relevance to this list  is sketchy, it's true, but here is a pointer to  the work of Stanford researchers on distinguishing gay people using their facial images …

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