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Artificial intelligence has come a long way, and already appears to outsmart humans at times. Now, researchers from the Higher School of Economics University and Open University in Moscow, Russia have demonstrated technology that claims to make accurate personality judgments solely based on a person’s selfie.

The team gathered 12,000 volunteers to complete a list of questions, which they then used to craft a database of personality traits. Participants had to also provide 31,000 selfie photos to feed the dataset, per Scientific Reports.

The pictures were run against ‘Big Five’ personality traits. The character model, commonly used by psychology experts, comprises openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

With the dataset provided, the team trained a neural network to accurately judge personality traits from “real-life photographs taken in uncontrolled conditions.”

The researchers claimed that predictions made by the AI were more accurate than human judgment on personality by looking at selfies. The team’s paper detailed that the neural network “can make a correct guess about the relative standing of two randomly chosen individuals on a personality dimension in 58-percent of cases.”

While the difference is almost marginal, the AI seemed to perform better at forming character judgments than humans. The team also suggested that this technology can aid online dating services as it supposedly matches people with personality traits. It can also help companies to sell products specifically tailored to various individuals’ personalities.

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