Israeli start-up seeks to identity terrorists using facial recognition technology



The website of the Israeli start-up Faception. Credit:

( An Israeli start-up has developed technology that can identify character traits based on analyzing faces with 80-percent accuracy, providing the ability to ascertain who might be a terrorist.

Faception’s technology—presented last week at a high-tech accelerator conference in Mountain View, Calif.—also claims to be able to identify extroverts, pedophiles, white-collar criminals, people with high IQs, and professional poker players.

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

Founded in 2014, Faception is collaborating with an unnamed homeland security agency to help spot terrorists, Gilboa said.

Pedro Domingos, a professor of computer science at the University of Washington, warned that there are ethical issues in using this technology.

“Can I predict that you’re an axe murderer by looking at your face, and therefore should I arrest you? You can see how this would be controversial,” Domingos told the Washington Post.

Posted on May 26, 2016 .