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Old 13th September 2017, 11:08 AM
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"Looking" gay

I was not sure what to post this under (maybe we need a technology forum?) but I thought it was interesting and wanted to share.

There is an article in The Guardian that claims "New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph "

https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...m-a-photograph

Supposedly it can "...correctly distinguish between gay and straight men 81% of the time, and 74% for women..."

It bring up some interesting questions - do people "look" gay? I mean sure Boy George you pretty much knew at first glance - but what does being gay look like?

I do know since I have horrible "gaydar" this would have been helpful over the years - imagine feeding your school yearbook into the system!
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Old 14th September 2017, 10:40 AM
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It used to be that while walking somewhere, the guy who looked back at you at the same time you looked back at him was a good candidate to be gay. But that's cruising, a different subject.

Seriously, with some guys I just knew. Other times, like when I went to Dignity/Washington in DC in the '80s and '90s, I'd see hundreds of gay men of different ages, ethnic backgrounds, walks of life (although skewed to white-collar government workers, priests or others of religious orders, and college students), etc., etc. I learned there wasn't really a single aspect of appearance I could go by but more the countenance and manner, the look in the eye. I imagine my gaydar was also poor unless I saw men in a gay setting or we actually interacted -- whether verbally, non-verbally, physically...

There's been some pushback on the study from GLAAD and HRC, but here's a piece arguing they misunderstand the science: HRC and GLAAD release a silly statement about the ‘gay face’ study from The Bilerico Report on LGBTQNation. The authors of the study addressed the controversy, too, and in a very readable form that's accessible and understandable to lay people. I recommend it, if you have a few minutes to spare.

I agree it's a phenomenon worth studying. Heck, with the new iPhone X coming out, maybe Apple will know if you're gay!

The tech is out there, to paraphrase The X-Files, and if the research becomes reproducible and them implemented in a reliable manner -- sounds distant, but things change quickly these days -- it could be used by homophobic governments or groups to target gays.

~ Bob S.
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Heck, with the new iPhone X coming out, maybe Apple will know if you're gay!
Well at $1000 Apple will know if you are rich!
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