Do look your age? Microsoft wants to guess how old you are with a new website called How-Old.net that guesses the ages of people in photos. What started out as an experiment quickly become viral with over 210,000 faces analyzed within a few hours after the site was launched.
The developers of the program claim their program “isn’t particularly accurate with age, but it’s often good for a laugh and users have fun with it.” The inaccuracies can often be more fun than the correct guesses, but some people do take offense at guesses that are less than flattering.
How to Let Microsoft Guess Your Age
- like fun,
- forget how old you are, or
- are considering a nip and tuck,
you may want to check out How-Old.net to see how Microsoft, and perhaps the rest of the world, perceives you. To get started you can use an existing photo of yourself and let Microsoft guess your age.
You can also use the Bing search box on the site to find images of others, such as celebrities or famous people in history, to see what age the program guesses them to be.
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When I added my photo to How-Old.net, the results were surprisingly accurate:
While 37 isn’t precisely my chronological age, that’s certainly how old I feel. Well done, Microsoft. No need to repeat the experiment as far as I’m concerned.
If you want to follow the fun and maybe share your How-Old photo, head to Twitter and use the hashtag #HowOldRobot. You can see what photos others have used and see how accurate the results have been. Expect to see both praise and criticism, based on how happy people are with their results.
I searched Talkwalker for #HowOldRobot and found that the overall sentiment on social media was equal between positive and negative. People in Afghanistan seem particularly pleased with their results while people in Tunisia, well, not so much.
Talkwalker’s Word Cloud associated with #HowOldRobot is also interesting to see what other terms are used with it on social media:
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The Tech Behind How-Old.net
At the How Old Blog, developers of the software explain how they created the program, its admitted inaccuracy for guessing age, and their astonishment at the popularity of the site. They include a graph that shows how quickly the site spread in popularity around the world, with particular interest in Turkey.
According to the How-Old.net website and the developer’s blog, Microsoft doesn’t keep your photo or use identifying information:
No we don’t store photos, we don’t share them and we only use them to guess your age and gender. The photos are discarded from memory once we guess. While we use the terms of service very common in our industry, and similar to most other online services, we have chosen not to store or use the photos in any way other than to temporarily process them to guess your age.”
Have you let Microsoft try to guess your age? How accurate were the results? Did you test the age of anyone else? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below!