How old are you? Let Microsoft decide.

A question we all get asked at some point: How old are you? Over the past 72 hours this question has been dominating my twitter and facebook feeds after the start of a new website. How-old.net is an experimental site that was launched last week by Microsoft to test their algorithm based project with face detection.

I saw a lot of these enter my twitter feed, and then one of my co-founders at Vignette sent a picture from last week in Cyprus:

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Side note: These ages are off, Joseph’s age is off by more than a littleĀ — let’s just say I’m older than that, and Joseph is younger.

So then I went exploring, and found that this website has gone viral since it’s launch, especially in Turkey! It has received over 29K hits from inside the country, so I thought it was time to check it out more in depth. In my very scientific research, I took a pic of me normally with natural light, another smiling, and another in harsher light. I think the technology can be very easily confused depending on the lighting, which makes sense. We like pictures of ourselves better in better light, and apparently so does the computer. The results are below, and these aren’t very accurate at all. But it’s a nice ego boost and fun new technology to play with.

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If anyone wants to post their pics from the site in the comments, I’d love to see what you got!

 

And by the way, Matt Ford’s was spot on:

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By Tara Todras-Whitehill

Tara worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press for four years in the Middle East, covering the uprisings, revolutions and numerous elections in the Arab world. Her photography has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic and Washington Post, among many others. She also works on personal projects focused on women's issues. Her passion is trying to portray strong women changing their lives and the world around them.

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