How Old Am I? Microsoft’s Facial Recognition Technology Guesses Your Age, Probably Insults You

May 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm |
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How old do I look?

As if you needed a reminder, Microsoft just dropped a new website that uses facial recognition technology to guess your (or anyone else’s) age, but the results so far have been pretty hilarious.

The website, called how-old.net, allows you to upload any image, and in a matter of seconds, it will come back at you with an estimated age.

My friends and I played around with this for hours last night, and while all of the estimates were generally a little off (Microsoft’s facial tech has a ways to go), the robot kept saying that our one friend (who is 25) was 80+. It was pretty hysterical.

In fact, on the site, which is super easy to use and have some fun with, Microsoft has a disclaimer that tells you they’re still working on their facial application programming interface (API), which aside from guessing someone’s age can also help determine if a face appearing in multiple pictures belongs to the same person. Think of how Facebook already knows who’s in your picture before you tag it.

Have you tried old how-old.net yet? Did it work for you?

We played around with a few of our favorite shows and movies, and this is what we got:

The Big Bang Theory

Actual ages around time of photo: 30, 39, 26, 37, 31
Score: 0/5

The Avengers

Actual ages around time of photo: 45, 48, X, X, 28, X, 39, 42, 45, X
Score: 2/6

Silicon Valley

Actual ages around time of photo: 36, 31, 32, 29, 32
Score: 1/5

Game of Thrones

Actual ages around time of photo: 11, 12, 21, 21, 21
Score: 0/5

Let us know how spot-on or dead-wrong the site is for you!

How old does the Microsoft robot think you are? You might be insulted.