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Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe? 117

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-are-what-you-click dept.
Zothecula writes "Whether it's fashion, a favorite football team, or a certain kind of music, humans seem to enjoy being considered part of a larger group, and often self-identify as such. With this in mind, students from the University of California, San Diego Jacobs school of Engineering are currently developing a computer algorithm that can deduce from an image whether you're a goth, surfer, hipster, or biker."
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Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 23, 2013 @02:08PM (#45768131)

    Defending something for which you have no part in its success is silly to me. Whether it be sports or being a Windows fanboy, I just don't get it. The blind patriotism some people have is also baffling. Being a groupie and making arguments on behalf of people/companies/teams as if their actions somehow reflect on you as a person is delusional, sorry.

    Even this perspective makes you part of an "urban tribe", the "non-conformity conformists".

  • by NotSanguine (1917456) on Monday December 23, 2013 @02:28PM (#45768305)

    It seems to me that the only application for this sort of this is attempting to attract venture capital to create a "business" that can be sold to Facebook/Google/Yahoo/whatever to aid in their quest to give marketers even more information which they think might help them sell more stuff.

    While this is unsurprising, it's also pathetic. Sigh.

  • by Quila (201335) on Monday December 23, 2013 @02:42PM (#45768431)

    I love goth and industrial music, have been to hundreds of concerts, met and was friends with many band members. But I look decidedly regular. I'm looking back at my old photos, and I see one of a standard geeky guy with regular hair and glasses, wearing an admittedly hideous blue windbreaker, partying with Nik Fiend.

    So this algorithm shouldn't only associate your face with your culture, but use the faces of those around you to establish your culture. But then I have friends who are in a death metal/industrial band, and their mainstream family members come to concerts to show support. So we'd have regular people labeled as being in the death metal culture if we did that.

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