Research on recognizing criminals from facial features: A boon or a curse?



I recently saw this paper “Automated Inference on Criminality using Face Images”, which tries to predict whether a person is a criminal or not, just from their mugshots.

This may be a useful innovation, but my personal opinion is that there are serious ethical issues. It attracts and mortifies me at that same time, with the nagging matter that there should be a “leash” on what kind of research entails “ethical” research.

I’m sharing it because I truly think it is an interesting read. If you went through it, do share your thoughts; as discussions on this kind if topics is a must!

PS: This is a continuation of My Random Nonsense!. Do check out the other ones