This Psychologist’s “Gaydar” Research Makes Us Uncomfortable. That’s the Point.
January 30, 2018
(Vox) – Kosinski insists his intent was never to out anyone, but rather to warn us about the rapid extinction of privacy. And sexual orientation, he argues, is a start. Many more aspects of our inner lives — like personality traits — may be encoded in our faces. This is also a controversial idea, which harks back to the pseudoscience of physiognomy. When I spoke to Kosinski in November at his Stanford office, I was most interested in learning why he’s asking these controversial research questions, and whether his “warning” of a loss a privacy is actually just a blueprint to achieve it. He argues these technologies are already being used and have a huge potential for misuse.