Airbnb gained technology to judge ‘narcissism’ of guests


Initial plans were put forward in 2014, with the most recent patent issued in 2019 by the EPO.

Patent documents state that the technology is for “determining the trustworthiness and compatibility of a person and, in particular, assessing behavioral and personality traits of a person”.

These traits can include anti-social tendencies,, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, narcissism, as well as “Machiavellianism” and “psychopathy.”

Signs of these characteristics are to be scanned from online indicators, which may include a particular phrase, image, video, link, or webpage.

These could point towards undesirable behaviours which the patent lists as“involvement with drugs or alcohol, hate groups, sex work, and crime amongst other activities.

The Air Bnb website states in its information on safety that: Every Airbnb reservation is scored for risk before it’s confirmed.

“We use predictive analytics and machine learning to instantly evaluate hundreds of signals that help us flag and investigate suspicious activity before it happens.”

Airbnb has been contacted for comment, and is understood to have gained the technology following its acquisition of Trooly.


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