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Airbnb uses AI to scan social media for psychos

Posted February 14, 2020 12:00 PM by M-ReeD
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Psychos.

Sure, they can be entertaining, but do you want them sleeping in your bed, using your shower or having unfettered access to your closets and cabinets?

Airbnb, the online marketplace for short-term rentals, doesn’t think so if their recent acquisition is any indicator.

To weed out undesirables hoping to stay at your Airbnb, the company is now ensuring through its recent acquisition of Trooly, a startup with its own background tech technology, that psychopaths don’t slip through the cracks so they can rent and then subsequently destroy your home without a second thought.

To determine if a customer is a psychopath, Trooly uses its artificial intelligence to scan a person’s online presence, looking for signs to hint at their trustworthiness as a potential renter in terms of their online behavior. They examine everything from posts, to hateful comments and even whether the user has been banned from any sites due to bad behavior. Additionally, the technology also scans for signs of neuroticism, narcissism and Machiavellianism.

While Airbnb has not officially commented on using the technology yet, reports are that the technology has been used to weed out these folks for some time now.

Been wondering why your recent Airbnb request was rejected? Now you know….

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02/14/2020 1:46 PM

Airbnb has never appealed to me. I can't fathom turning over my home to anyone, nor moving into a stranger's house.

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02/16/2020 5:34 PM

I have used VRBO to do a big family vacation in Hawaii. These homes are not the "owners" residence. Mostly they are investment properties. The owner probably uses it like you would a timeshare, just some of the time, and then let others rent it to help pay the mortgage. We had ten people go over to the islands for five weeks. The VRBO/Airbnb is much nicer than hotels when you have a crowd like that. (And much cheaper too ).

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02/14/2020 1:55 PM

Prejudice against crazy people sounds racist to me....

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02/24/2020 1:52 AM

Woke up next to something like that once. Quit drinking shortly thereafter

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02/15/2020 4:26 AM

Artificial intelligence is just a programmer's projection displayed on a digital screen. They assign the parameters and dictate their limits. So eventually, if AI is deemed superior to "human" decision-making, we will all become pawns in a chess game played by only those with coding skills. I've opted out.

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02/17/2020 12:31 PM

My daughter has a finished basement they rent via Airbnb. I'm glad they are doing something to vet they're guests.

So far the worst they've had were guests who didn't get that they had zero kitchen access until after they checked in.

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02/17/2020 3:21 PM

I've stayed at a couple bnb's that were awesome.

Overlooking hilly green farmland complete with just a few cows.

Next to a wide but lazy river..

Accomodations, rates and locations that beat the pants off a nice hotel.

And breakfast too.. although those don't always measure up.

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02/18/2020 12:54 PM

Jon Ronson at a TED talk has an amusing story called "Stange answers to the psychopath test."

Will this AI version of the psychopath test prevent corporate raiders from staying at an Airbnb?

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02/18/2020 5:05 PM

I'm told that 1 out of 4 people have mental problems. I should check 3 of my friends and if they're OK, I'm it...

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