[ExI] physiognomy by AI
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Wed Jun 1 02:10:26 UTC 2022
On Tue, May 31, 2022 at 5:39 PM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> eye surgery? to 'fix' epicanthal folds maybe? bill w
> On Tue, May 31, 2022 at 4:34 PM BillK via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, 31 May 2022 at 20:22, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat
>> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> > Troublingly, some modern AI applications are delving into physiognomy,
>> a set of pseudoscientific ideas that first appeared thousands of years ago
>> with the ancient Greeks. In antiquity, Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician,
>> based his decisions on accepting students on whether they “looked” gifted.
>> To the philosopher Aristotle, bulbous noses denoted an insensitive person
>> and round faces signaled courage.
>> > Recent research has tried to show that political leaning, sexuality,
>> and criminality can be inferred from pictures of people’s faces.
>> > Political orientation. In a 2021 article in Nature Scientific Reports,
>> Stanford researcher Michal Kosinski found that using open-source code and
>> publicly available data and facial images, facial recognition technology
>> can judge a persons’ political orientation accurately 68 percent of the
>> time even when controlling demographic factors. In this research, the
>> primary algorithm learned the average face for conservatives and liberals
>> and then predicted the political leanings of unknown faces by comparing
>> them to the reference images. Kosinski wrote that his findings about AI’s
>> abilities have grave implications: “The privacy threats posed by facial
>> recognition technology are, in many ways, unprecedented.”
>> > While the questions behind this line of inquiry may not immediately
>> trigger an alarm, the underlying premise still fits squarely within
>> physiognomy, predicting personality traits from face features. (excerpt)
>> > from - geneticliteracyproject.com bill w
>> > _______________________________________________
>> (The link should be to geneticliteracyproject.org )
>> The complete article is at
>> They are complaining about the misuse of AI in trying to validate junk
>> Also consider the amount of plastic surgery that is available today.
>> This makes physiognomy even less relevant.
>> Why South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world
>> Temi Iwalaiye May 24, 2022
>> In South Korea, being ugly, unconventionally attractive or even
>> ordinary looking is a crime no one wants to be guilty of.
>> About one-third of South Korean women between the ages of 19 and 29
>> have undergone cosmetic surgery before.
>> Plastic surgery is so popular in South Korea that 70% of High School
>> students undergo eye surgery or receive it as graduation presents from
>> family members.
>> Some remarkable before and after photos in that article!
>> Hmm, maybe a trip to South Korea is recommended......
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