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The reporter tried the AI that Instagram wants to use to check the age. This is what was found

(CNN Business)Instagram confirms the age of the youngest user, including using artificial intelligence to analyze photos We are testing a new way to estimate the age of the user.

Meta-owned Instagramsaid in a blog post on Thursday, and AI is testing three new things to check the age of users on photo sharing sites. This is one of the methods. Users should use one of the options to verify their age when editing their date of birth on Instagram from under 18 to over 18 years old. Instagram is initially testing these options for US users. has already required that the user indicate the age ofwhen they start using the service, andis otherwise using AI, is the user a child? Determine if you are an adult.
This move is part of acontinuous pushto ensure that the youngest users of photo sharing apps see age-appropriate content. Less than a year after Facebook's disclosure from Whistle Blower expressed concern about the impact ofon young users of the platformLast year,Whistle Blower, Francis Hogen, Social Media sites have shown that they are aware of how mental health and physical image can be compromised, especially among teenage girls.
This technology is provided by a London-based company calledYoti. Theanimated videoposted by Instagram on its blog shows how Yoti's AI age estimation works. The user is instructed to shoot a video self on their smartphone (according to Yoti, this procedure serves as a way to verify that the actual person is included in the resulting image), and Instagram from that self. Share your image with your company. Yoti's AI first detects the presence of a face in a photo and then scrutinizes the facial features to determine the person's age.
Julie Dawson, Yoti's Chief Policy and Regulatory Officer, told CNN Business that the AI ​​was trained on a dataset containing images of a person's face and the date the person was born. .. (Document To illustrate the company's technology released in May, the company states that it was trained in "Millions of Diverse Face Images".)

"When a new face appears, it analyzes the face at the pixel level and then spits out a number — age estimation by confidence," Dawson said. Once the quote is complete, Yoti and Instagram will remove the selfie video and the still images taken from it.

Checking the age of a user can be a daunting task for high-tech companies. This is because many users may not have a identifiable government-issued photo ID card.

Karl Rikanek, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and director of the school's Face Aging Group Institute, believes Yoti's technology is a great application of AI.

"Trying to protect children is a worthwhile effort," he said.

While such technologies can be useful for Instagram, it can be difficult to accurately estimate age from photos. For example, there are various factors such as adolescence and skin tone that change the structure of a person's face. And gender.

According to Yoti'srecent document, the technique is, on average, 13 to 17 years old, the age of darker children than lighter ones. The accuracy in estimating is slightly lower. tone. According to Yoti data, the estimated ages of women aged 13 to 17 years, classified into the two darkest shades on the Fitzpatrick scale, averaged 1.91 years off. This is where high-tech companies classify skin tones — women of the same age group had an average error of 1.41 years and skin tones were the two brightest shades on the scale. According to the document, for children between the ages of 13 and 17, technology estimates of how old they were were on average 1.56 years off. (The average error rate for all teenagers is 1.52 years.)

This means that there are actually a lot of errors, says Luke Stark, assistant professor at Western University of Ontario. Says. Canada studying the ethical and social impacts of AI. "In any case, we still have an average absolute error of one to one and a half years," he said.

Several CNN employees (all adults over the age of 25) tried aonline demo of Yoti's age estimation technology (demo at at the end of last week). It was at-. The scan seems to have been deleted since then, but as of Monday morning it was still listed in the demohere Yoti's website)Demos differ from what Instagram users experience in that they use self rather than short videos, resulting in an age range estimate rather than a specific age estimate. , Said Chrisfield, Yoti's Chief Marketing Officer.

The results were mixed. For some reporters, the estimated age range was on target, but for others it was years off. For example, one editor is actually in his mid-30s and is estimated to be between the ages of 17 and 21.

Among other issues, Stark is also concerned that this technology contributes to so-called "surveillance creep."

"It's certainly a problem, because it is conditional on people assuming they will be monitored and evaluated," he said.