Can you predict who is a murderer just by looking at their face? What about a pedophile? A software company now says it can, and it claims it is able to identify terrorists purely by their facial features. Turning the old idiom that “you can’t judge a book by its cover” on its head, the two-year-old company claims its artificial intelligence algorithms can look at a face and tell if it’s likely to be a terrorist, pedophile, and, wait for it… professional poker player.
The bold claims are made by Israeli start-up Faception, which boasts its breakthrough computer-vision and learning technology can analyze a person’s facial image and automatically develop a personality profile. Claiming its technology will enable security companies to detect and apprehend terrorists and criminals before they have the opportunity to do harm, the company has already signed a contract with the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Washington Post. The Mirror reports Faception’s technology correctly identified 9 of the 11 Jihadists involved in the Paris massacre with no prior information about their involvement.
“We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other,” says Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa. “Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal.”
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