Think you look young for your age? Microsoft has a new tool that could either give you an ego boost or — more likely — burst your young-at-heart bubble.
The How-old.net tool, unveiled Thursday at the company’s Build 2015 conference, lets users either upload a photo, use a stock photo, or do a Web search for photos. It then analyzes the faces in the shots and takes a guess at the ages.
The tool is far from 100 per cent accurate – beards and facial stubble seem to throw it off, for example – but it generally lands in the right age ballpark.
At least for the most part. Twitter users have been having fun over the last day pointing out how very wrong the tool’s guesses can be.
http://t.co/tYpshmrc2P is incredibly accurate! pic.twitter.com/n0NmRtjlhe
— rick waldron (@rwaldron) April 30, 2015
OK Microsoft is straight up trolling my sister and the plastic baby here http://t.co/A3cpV0qszQ pic.twitter.com/BKsuvz0Zkb
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 30, 2015
How-Old[dot]net … Can’t cope with expression it seems. http://t.co/c0k2ztgJ6b pic.twitter.com/KQRAG9n4a0
— Cam Bunton (@PhoneDog_Cam) May 1, 2015
Being a zombie really ages you. http://t.co/dm3VwRHmwJ #Build2015 pic.twitter.com/Hmpfv6OaZD
— Pete Pachal (@petepachal) April 30, 2015
Baby. Well done, @Microsoft. http://t.co/1PlK0w5V9w pic.twitter.com/kOUK6AZzv3
— Lauren Oostveen (@laurenoostveen) April 30, 2015
Yes, but how old is Chewie? #HowOldRobot pic.twitter.com/TM4YZ3HtdA
— Chris Pirillo (@ChrisPirillo) April 30, 2015
According to one of Microsoft’s blogs, the tool was developed while company engineers were “playing around” with new face detection software. They asked a few hundred people to try the tool out and tell them what they thought and were taken aback by how many people responded.
“…We were expecting perhaps 50 users for a test but – in the end – got over 35,000 users and saw the whole thing unfold in real time,” the bloggers write.