Airbnb has developed technology that looks at guests’ online “personalities” when they book a break to calculate the risk of them trashing a host’s home. Details have emerged of its “trait analyser” software built to scour the web to assess users’ “trustworthiness and compatibility” as well as their “behavioural and personality traits” in a bid to forecast suitability to rent
RT @rooshv: Airbnb crawls the web to psychologically profile its users for "conscientiousness and openness," among other traits, and bans those who are not "suitable." I hope your score is not too high, comrade! 🇨🇳 https://t.co/HtjLZ3VMir
Paranoids have been saying that for years. Any little story comes out and they start conflating the US with a communist regime. It's absurd. If you think the US is 99% the same as China then go live there for awhile. Let us know how similar it is.
In China, whether you can book a flight depends on your social credit score, measuring your degree of social compliance. In the Airbnb world, whether you can book a room is about to depend on some unnamed measure of your degree of social noncomplaince.
One calls its standard civic virtue, the other calls its standard likelihood you're a psychopath, or even, neurotic.
Welcome to the future, and don't think it's not yours.
Am I supposed to be concerned that someone may be vetting public information for people they are letting into their homes?
These aren't hotels that have 75 rooms where if some party trashes one it's not an extreme burden on the hotel to replace generic mass ordered furniture as they work through the legal process to charge them. Many of these units are people's homes and if they're destroyed by bad actors they can be placed in significant hardship having to deal with it.
I agree, screening is important. The article isn't about that, it's about how Airbnb is planning to do it. For example, internet users who "have “authored online content with negative language” will be marked down."
I'm sure this predicts negative reviews about Airbnb much better than it predicts likelihood of trashing a rental.
The article is about that, Airbnb is a company for placing temporary renters into people’s homes to stay. Destructive parties and whatnot have become an immense problem for the service as unit owners don’t have the resources of a major hotel to deal with it and it commonly involves their personal belongings and home.
Seems like a step towards what China is up to with their social credit score concept. I can see this would be useful from a safety/business risk perspective, but have concerns as to what this means from a personal perspective. Who draws the line between what's good and bad, and how does this take into account people change? IE., what was on my facebook feed 10 years ago has no relation to who I am today.