Researchers Used AI To Predict Whether Your Next Selfie Could Be Your Last

dangers in taking selfieWhile smartphone cameras are becoming more are more advanced, selfie gets more and more trendy. Even celebrities and other famous personalities take selfies with their fans or just at random in a big event and post it directly to social media sites. Selfie became an ordinary thing. However, alongside the fame of this style of taking pictures are the death records directly related to taking selfies. Hence, a research is currently conducted to minimize the growing number of incidences and fatalities directly related to snapping a selfie.

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The research

According to the record, in 2014, 15 people died in selfie, 39 in 2015 and 73 in just the first eight months of 2016. The figures are alarming. Hence, a new research project was carried out by researchers in India.

There was a news article that was circulated in my research group about a death by selfie during summer 2016,” said Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, a professor at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi told Digital Trends. “I was disturbed by reading it, exchanged some emails on this topic and found little work — especially from a technology standpoint — [had been carried out]. Our group is always interested in working on topics, technologies, solutions and systems that have real-world impact, so we jumped on it,” he added.

Approach

The researchers have tried to trace back records since March 2014. They gather fatalities related to selfie including falls to drowning, weapon-related to train-related deaths. For the record, the highest occurrences of selfie fatalities took place in India with 76, followed by Pakistan with 9, U.S. with 8 and Russia with 6. These are just the recorded incidences, but how about those unrecorded ones?

Therefore, the group trained an artificial intelligence system that will look into the 3,155 annotated selfies collected on Twitter. The system gives prediction whether or not the selfie was taken in a dangerous situation. The group considers the factors such as the height where the selfie was taken, whether it’s close to a train or other possible dangerous settings, like selfie with a gun and other dangerous stuff.

Initial Results

According to a published paper about the research, the system has 73% accuracy in terms of analyzing the potential dangers of the selfie photo being taken. “One of the directions that we are working on is to have the camera give the user information about [whether or not a particular location is] dangerous, with some score attached to it,” Kumaraguru added.

Although there is not much information about the results of the research, the fact that a group is concerned about the dangers of selfie, is a good start. As for now, let’s wait for updates, and soon, hopefully, we will be warned by our smartphones, or with the camera apps not to take selfies in dangerous settings.

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Source: digitaltrends.com

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This story has 6 comments

  1. Interesting..today many people take selfies on a daily basis and it literally becomes their habbit. Maybe we could hang out with our friends more without taking like 100 selfies everytime we see them. Certainly selfies are dangerous in many ways, you stated it all.. Many incidents happened because of that. People today barely even think and care about their lives. They take selfies in dangerous places such as cliffs, high buildings and all that.. Great post Chacha!

  2. Interesting..today many people take selfies on a daily basis and it literally becomes their habbit. Maybe we could hang out with our friends more without taking like 100 selfies everytime we see them. Certainly selfies are dangerous in many ways, you stated it all.. Many incidents happened because of that. People today barely even think and care about their lives. They take selfies in dangerous places such as cliffs, high buildings and all that.. Great post Chacha!

  3. This is a very unusual way for people to die, but yet again we live in the most unusual world. I would like to think that selfies and death are not going togheter, but the things people do for the most perfect picture, and most likes…We cant even imagen. I miss the old camera and I Just hope for people to be more carefull while using the new trends and gaining following, you never now what might hit you while you are taking your new best selfie. Just be carefull!

  4. Very interesting! This article has aroused my curiosity to look for “death caused by selfie” on internet and I’ve found that last year, more people died from selfies than shark attacks, . Selfies kill people all around the world. I feel sorry for all those persons who died trying to prove that they had experiences or good time.

  5. I am surprised that more people haven’t died from selfies! I can see how this can be dangerous when you are also doing other activities, like walking or traveling. I think it is not very smart to take a picture of yourself holding a gun or weapon, especially if you are also taking the picture. I think it is important to do research on topics like this because it gives us a better idea of what the effect of different products and trends introduced to our lives have on us.

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    If you ever drive whilst trying to text, take a selfie or go online, you’re breaking the law and significantly increasing your chances of having an accident!* Read our infographic about dangerous driving and our top 7 reasons explaining why you shouldn’t drive whilst using your phone.

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