from the May 2016 issue

Israeli co Faception claims it can spot terrorists

The Tel Aviv based startup says its facial profiling software can detect criminals, terrorists, pedophiles and other deviants.

Israeli facial personality profiling startup Faception has made global headlines after claiming that it can predict deviant behavior with a high degree of accuracy. Put simply the Tel Aviv based company says it has developed software that can spot terrorists, criminals, pederast and other deviants.

For example, Faception claims that just be letting its software scan the photographs of the 11 jihadist terrorist responsible for the Paris massacres last November, it could have identified nine of them as terrorists from their facial features. Most of them did not have prior criminal records. Faception argues that its software could provide a vital homeland security or police tool in identifying budding terrorists and criminals.

The firm was founded in 2014 by CEO Shai Gilboa, CTO Dr. Itzik Wilf and chief profiler David Gavriel. Gilboa says the firm has developed a database of 15 classifiers, which Gilboa says are used to determine personality traits with 80% accuracy.

Faception demonstrated its technology recently at an amateur poker tournament where it predicted which four competitors would be the best by comparing their pictures with a database of professional players. Ultimately, two of those four ended up among the event's three finalists, the "Washington Post" reported.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report May 2016

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