Kosinski denies having collaborated on research, but admits Faception gave him access to its facial-recognition software. What was the purpose of the trip? InSCL tried to enlist Stillwell and Kosinski, offering to buy the myPersonality data and their predictive models. I point out that he already left a fairly big clue on Facebook, where he posted an image of himself onboard a helicopter with the caption: That would be enough to make Kosinski interesting to the Russian cabinet.
While he does not deny the influence of social and environmental factors on our personalities, he plays them down.
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Kosinski acknowledges that his machine learning system detects unrelated signals, but is adamant the software also distinguishes between facial structures. Some of the results were intuitive: Weeks after his trip to Moscow, Kosinski published a controversial paper in which he showed how face-analysing algorithms could distinguish between photographs of gay and straight people. Kosinski sent me a link to the announcement, complaining: But his audience would also have been intrigued by his work on the use of AI to detect psychological traits. His findings are consistent with the prenatal hormone theory of sexual orientation, he says, which argues that the levels of androgens foetuses are exposed to in the womb help determine whether people are straight or gay.
Kosinski received a deluge of emails, many from people who told him they were confused about their sexuality and hoped he would run their photo through his algorithm. The opposite should be true for lesbians. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. There are thousands or millions of others that we are unaware of, that computers could very easily detect. The first time I enter his office, I ask him about a painting beside his computer, depicting a protester armed with a Facebook logo in a holster instead of a gun. Some of the results were intuitive: Stillwell, Kosinski says, declined.