Computers taught to tell 'Am I hot or not' in new AI study


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“Not tonight darlin’, I’m defragging my hard drive.” That will be what your computer says to you soon when it deems you too ugly to touch its keys.

Yes, it seems our beloved piles of chips and printed circuit boards now know what’s hot and what’s not in the human world after researchers at Tel Aviv University managed to teach a computer how to judge physical attractiveness in women. Gents, you’re safe for the moment.

A computer analysed 100 different images – previously rated in attractiveness by 30 different men and woman – using principles of geometric symmetry and it was then able to correctly predict what floated people’s boats.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking – now what? Well, according to the researchers there are a number of applications and one which they outline is assistance in reconstructive plastic surgery.

Somehow though I feel this “break-through” will be more suited to plastic surgery of the cosmetic kind and MSc graduate, Amit Kagian, will be paying off those student debts rather quicker than he’d expected. Good for him and, what the hell, it’s a good move in terms of computer AI. I’m all on for the world being a more beautiful place.

(via New Scientist)

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