Researchers face backlash from LGBTQ groups over AI study

Researchers face backlash from LGBTQ groups over AI study, by Lauren Tousignant.

A viral study that revealed artificial intelligence could accurately guess whether a person is gay or straight based on their face is receiving harsh backlash from LGBTQ rights groups.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Stanford University, reported that the AI correctly distinguished gay men from straight men 81 percent of the time and 74 percent of the time for women.

Advocates called the research “junk science,” claiming that not only could the technology out people, but it could put their lives at risk – especially in brutal regimes that view homosexuality as a punishable offense. …

“Technology cannot identify someone’s sexual orientation,” Halloran said. “This research isn’t science or news, but it’s a description of beauty standards on dating sites that ignores huge segments of the LGBTQ community.”

“Let’s be clear: Our paper can be wrong. In fact, despite evidence to the contrary, we hope that it is wrong. But only replication and science can debunk it — not spin doctors,” the researchers wrote in a statement. “If our paper is indeed wrong, we sounded a false alarm. In good faith.”

Political ideologues once insisted that the Earth was at the center of the universe, and that the Sun revolved around the Earth. Witch doctors and political spinners since time immemorial have claimed they knew the “truth.” Postmodernists and their denial of any objective reality are just the latest attempts to exert political control and deny reality.

PC is not correct, only politically correct. The power to make others say what you tell them to say is not the same as the power to alter reality. Sad that people like Mr Halloran are still trying it on.