Israel Develop Camera That Can Tell If You’re A Terrorist

Israel company develop facial recognition camera that can tell if you're a terrorist

Israel have unveiled a new type of device that they say is able to ‘recognise a terrorist’ simply by analyzing their face. 

Israeli start-up company Faception says that its facial-recognition technology can scan a person’s face and automatically develop what it calls a “personality profile”. reports:

Claiming its technology will enable security companies to detect and apprehend terrorists and criminals before they have the opportunity to do harm, the company has already signed a contract with the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Washington Post. The Mirror reports Faception’s technology correctly identified 9 of the 11 Jihadists involved in the Paris massacre with no prior information about their involvement.

“We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other,” says Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa. “Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal.”

Faception uses 15 classifiers that are undetectable to the human eye, including extrovert, genius, professional poker player, pedophile, and terrorist. The classifiers allegedly represent a certain persona with a unique personality type or collection of traits and behaviors. Algorithms then score the individual according to their fit to the classifiers.

The startup’s claims were validated at a poker tournament, where the technology correctly predicted that four players out of 50 amateurs would be the best.

That said, Gilboa admitted a worrying gap in accuracy in that the system is only correct 80% of the time. Roughly translated, this means one in five people could be incorrectly identified as a pedophile or terrorist.

Unsurprisingly, experts have pointed out ethical questions in using the tricky technology. Pedros Domingos, a professor of computer science at the University of Washington, told the Washington Post the evidence of accuracy in the judgments is extremely weak, while Princeton psychology professor, Alexander Todorov, observed Faception comes “[j]ust when we thought that physiognomy ended 100 years ago.”

The new technology raises concerns that relying on it will take us down a dark route that promotes dubious preconceptions of who and what constitutes a terrorist. If the creepy profiling really is accurate, however, perhaps the first places it should be rolled out are in the corridors of power and the film industry.

  • ed da head

    Can their cameras also recognize when a person is ill, stressed out about a relative dying or maybe just doesn’t like having their picture taken??

  • Javo Santo

    It’s very simple: if you have araba futures, your automatically consider a terrorist, pedophile or just simply evil.

  • 777American

    Don’t ever point it at Netanyahu. It will explode due to excessive, “all of the above” reading.

  • Ashbro Whalen

    in other words it recognizes emotion as portrayed on the face of the individual? because thats about all a camera can pick up by the snapshot of a face in a segment of the eternal moment that is now, that is it can only pick up what is being expressed now. a camera cant tell what thoughts, concepts, acts or physical structures are involved in the creation of the emotion that is lending its expression to a face pulled, only that the person is resisting or not resisting themselves so technically what they are claiming is impossible, but it doesnt mean a camera cant pick up on the “potential” personality of an individual, and we can assume by the personality what they might potentially get up to, however since everyone is free and there emotions do not govern them we can never be sure that this person ever would commit a crime. still id like to see this technology used for helping people in that we could see who is struggling and help them/rehabilitate them in such ways that it would reduce there stress load and return to balance.

  • James Smith

    Well they better make sure they don’t look into their own cameras? it might see their other face?