You might want to take those New Years Eve pictures shaking the champagne bottles down. The day the movies predicted many lightyears ago is now upon us and Airbnb is the lead character.
Airbnb, the sharing economy giant which helps travellers find short term rentals and vacation options in a format less traditional than hotels, has filed a patent application with the European Patent Office in hopes of being able to use your social media history and other publicly available information to determine whether you’re a trustworthy guest, or not.
It’s yet another jaw dropping example of predictive, artificial intelligence deciding whether you have the intelligence to treat a place with respect, or not. View From The Wing notes Airbnb seems to have made good on a 2017 acquisition of Trooly, a platform which creates “instant trust” by analysing your social media data and other publicly available info, to determine and verify traits such as credit history, identity and more.
Airbnb is now poised to deploy it in hopes of weeding out the chancers, hence the patent application.
The “more” will come in the form of using a “trait analyzer” to scan for drug use, racy photos which may indicate “sex work” and other lifestyle elements which may deem you an untrustworthy guest in the eyes of the Airbnb platform. Or put more plainly – someone soon without an Airbnb reservation!
For hosts, this is a seemingly attractive concept which will bring further trust to a community which has been burned by bad actors. The concept of Airbnb, the idea of saving money or profiting off of your unused space is charming, until you hear the horror stories. The fewer, the better.
Ultimately, while this may be creepy, it may be essential.
The Trooly data analyser is said to search and pull any and all news pieces referencing you, and to scour public resources for potential criminal history and other malfeasance. Most amusingly though, it would make judgements about whether your social media patterns indicates “narcissism, machiavellianism or psychopathy”. I guess I’m out of luck, on at least one count.
If you might be too, I’ll let you know if they’re successful in roll out!