It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who You….Okay, It’s Who You Know.

Two MIT students who were working on a term project for an ethics and law class managed to create a Gaydar machine. Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree had their computer statistically analyze the friend links of declared homosexuals on Facebook, then asked the computer to predict whether other people on Facebook were gay or straight. It turned out to be pretty accurate for men but not as good at ferreting out bisexuals or lesbians. While there are no immediate plans to market the Gaydar XT2000 anytime soon, Jernigan and Mistree hope to publish their findings. Hopefully without naming names. And don’t worry, one drunken status update doesn’t make you gay.

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