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Meghan Markle looks "more trustworthy" than the Queen, as evidenced by the face-scanning algorithm


Meghan Markle "looks more trustworthy" than the Queen when she compares their faces, say authors of a new study of changes in portraits over 500 years.

Experts at PSL Research University have developed an algorithm that scans faces in painted portraits and photographs to determine the trustworthiness of the person.

The authors used the trustworthiness tool to determine that as the standard of living improved since AD ​​1500, so did the trustworthiness of the subjects in a portrait.

As part of training the model, the researcher compared some famous faces to old portraits – including the Queen and Meghan Markle with Elizabeth I.

Meghan seemed three and a half times more trustworthy than Elizabeth I, but Her Majesty the Queen was one and a half times more trustworthy, authors found.

As part of training the model, the researcher compared some famous faces to old portraits – including the Queen and Meghan Markle with Elizabeth I.

Meghan seemed three and a half times more trustworthy than Elizabeth I, but Her Majesty the Queen was one and a half times more trustworthy, authors found

Meghan seemed three and a half times more trustworthy than Elizabeth I, but Her Majesty the Queen was one and a half times more trustworthy, authors found

The algorithm does not evaluate the trustworthiness per se – rather the properties and characteristics that the actors of a portrait wanted to represent in their picture, the authors explained.

"It is possible that Megan Markle is not a trustworthy person, but on average, the way she looks in her portrait makes her look trustworthy," said writer Nicolas Baumard.

"This is probably a quality that is very important to her, probably more so than Queen Elizabeth I, who doesn't smile in her portraits," he told MailOnline.

The researchers also compared photos of U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden and found that Biden appeared 300% more trustworthy than Trump.

The authors of the study created a 3D avatar of a face in order to train the algorithm in the first phase on different levels of trustworthiness

The authors of the study created a 3D avatar of a face in order to train the algorithm in the first phase on different levels of trustworthiness

They found a similar result when they compared former President Barak Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Obama appearing more trustworthy than Putin.

The study's authors created a 3D avatar of a face to train the algorithm on different levels of trustworthiness in the first phase, rather than using real people, as this gave them control over facial expressions and muscles.

Between 1500 and 2000, portraits showed that their subjects looked more trustworthy every year, the French team found.

This is based on changes in facial muscle contractions shown in the portraits painted over this period and is linked to an improvement in the standard of living.

They used a face processing algorithm that was tested on photos of faces that had been rated for trustworthiness by human participants.

The authors applied it to 2,277 selfies shared on social media from six cities where trust and collaboration had already been rated and whose results were correct.

The team then ran the algorithm on 1,962 English portraits from London's National Portrait Gallery from 1506–2016 and confirmed the connection over time.

The results also persisted when the algorithm was adjusted to 4,106 portraits from the Web Gallery of Art in 19 Western European countries from 1360 to 1918.

The increase in trustworthiness was particularly associated with economic performance, lower crime rates and higher tolerance in society, the authors claim. T.

"The origins of trust are unclear, also because changes in social trust over time are difficult to document quantitatively," the team explained.

The team also compared images of former President Barak Obama with those of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Obama appearing more trustworthy than Putin

The team also compared images of former President Barak Obama with those of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Obama appearing more trustworthy than Putin

The researchers also compared photos of U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden - and found that Biden appeared 300% more trustworthy than Trump

The researchers also compared photos of U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden and found that Biden appeared 300% more trustworthy than Trump

Baumard and colleagues were able to use their algorithm to reproduce results in the scientific literature based on factors such as age, gender, and displayed emotions.

Baumard examined possible influences on the increase in trustworthiness during the reporting period and found that this shift was more associated with an increase in GDP per capita than with institutional change.

"We tested whether higher GDP per capita was linked to increasing the trustworthiness of portraits," the team wrote, adding that there is a clear link.

Crucially, GDP per capita explains the evolution of trustworthiness better than the simple impact of time.

This suggests that "the observed development of trustworthiness cannot be reduced to a simple cultural accumulation that would have led to the development of painting techniques that make sitters appear more trustworthy".

The results were published in the journal Nature Communications.