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Can new AI tell if you're gay from a photo?

Can new AI tell if you're gay from a photo?

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Artificial intelligence can detect homosexuality by analysing facial features, researchers have said.In an academic study from Stanford University, the scientists claim that faces "contain much more information about sexual orientation that can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain".The team used deep neural networks, a kind of artificial intelligence algorithm, to analyse more than 35,000 facial images they had collected from a US dating site.According to the team, the AI was able to correctly distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual men in 81% of cases, and in 74% of cases for women.Human judges achieved much lower accuracy, with 61% for men and 54% for women.The researchers claim their results are consistent with the prenatal hormone theory of sexual orientation, which ...
Companies must tell staff if emails monitored

Companies must tell staff if emails monitored

Technology
Employers must tell staff if their emails and communications are being monitored at work, according to a landmark privacy judgment by the European Court of Human Rights.The Strasbourg court backed a Romanian engineer, Bogdan Barbulescu, who was fired over a decade ago after sending messages to his brother and fiancee using his workplace Yahoo Messenger account.It found the company had infringed Mr Barbulescu's right to privacy by not informing him in advance that it was recording the messages he sent on the account.Some of the messages were described as being "of an intimate nature".Neil Brown, a solicitor at specialist digital law firm Decoded Legal, told Sky News that "in this particular case, the monitoring violated the employee's fundamental rights."However, the judgment recognises tha...
Russia, UAE tell North Korea: Stop your 'provocations'

Russia, UAE tell North Korea: Stop your 'provocations'

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The foreign ministers of Russia and the United Arab Emirates urged North Korea on Tuesday to stop its provocations and obey United Nations resolutions, after Pyongyang's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, the two ministers offered a forceful warning for Pyongyang, with Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan particularly calling for North Korea to stop its "provocations." But what was left unsaid between the two ministers was their own diplomatic and commercial ties to North Korea, with the UAE in particular home to thousands of its workers whose wages help Pyongyang avoid international sanctions. Early Tuesday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its capital that flew over Japan before crashing into the northern Pacific Ocean. The missil...