Faception: New software can tell if someone is a terrorist or pedophile by analysing faces


An Israeli based tech startup claims it has developed software that is capable of identifying if someone is a terrorist or a pedophile by analysing their facial features.

The company, Faception, says its technology can distinguish and recognise character traits in people’s faces that would otherwise be unnoticeable to the human eye and claims the technology has around an 80 percent accuracy rate.

When tested on photographs of the 11 men who carried out the terrorist attacks in Paris, Faception was able to successfully identify nine of the people responsible.

The Washington Post reports the company has now signed a contract with Homeland Security to help try and identify terrorists.

In another test, Faception was used to analyse the facial features of players participating in a amatuer poker tournament in order to see if it could predict who would win.

Of the four people analyse, two ended up being among the tournament’s three finalists.

As part of its facial analysis, Faception tests for 15 different characteristics. The company claims that it as well as picking out terrorists and champion poker players, it can also be used to identify pedophiles, white collar criminals, extroverts and geniuses.

Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa told the Washington Post: “We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other.”

“Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal”, he added.

However, critics have raised concerns about the use of such technology, claiming that it could put innocent people under suspicion for a crime they did not commit.

Pedro Domingos, professor of computer science at the University of Washington told the Washington Post: “Can I predict that you’re an ax murderer by looking at your face and therefore should I arrest you?”

“You can see how this would be controversial.”



  1. It’s extremely hard to impossible to believe the accuracy of this software. If, indeed, the poker-players story is true, then this software could be used to make big bucks by doing side bets on who’s going to win card games, chess matches, etc.

  2. buck craig on

    80% accurate? Wow, that’s great, except for a member of the unfortunate 20% who gets imprisoned and waterboarded for a few years as a terrorist.