While 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.
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.
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.
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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