Please submit your resume, three references, and a facial scan?

Source – PLoS One

Take a look at this piece from the CNET – ‘Software can tell if you’re mean and ugly‘, a piece that describes a new kind of facial recognition software that claims that ‘using machine-learning techniques, it also examines images of faces for other social traits, such as competence, trustworthiness, meanness, dominance, and extroversion.’

This looks to be a way for people to use “science” to justify discriminating against someone based on how they look.

I wonder what this “software” can tell a future employer that they couldn’t discern from seeing the person during an interview.



About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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