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In the three-hour keynote of Microsoft’s second day of the Build Developer Conference, one of the more amusing highlights was How-Old.net, an age-guessing algorithm that does what it advertises using face-recognition technology. Although the website warned that the demo does not promise complete accuracy, most have been able to get fairly reasonable results.
(I turn 26 later this year, this photo was taken a month before my 25th birthday).
Others? Not so much.
Nailed it. http://t.co/Mf6PCn5iAW @rwaggoner pic.twitter.com/Fqbb1jYZ54
— Lauren Cunningham (@LaurenSlypig) April 30, 2015
As with most computer algorithms, you can totally game the whole system if you wanted to, and here are a few ways to do it.
The thumb face
Apparently doing disgusting thumb heads shaves 17 years right off your face! http://t.co/B4c3jyvHkm pic.twitter.com/tO7JcPlneK — Meg Lewis (@darngooood) April 30, 2015
The innocent infant look
ha! http://t.co/lrFa5v3eD1 apparently thinks my 7 month old son is…. neither 7 months….nor my son. pic.twitter.com/Li1Xfkwjvv
— tristan walker (@tristanwalker) April 30, 2015
The frozen in Carbonite
http://t.co/XUJcyak8uv has difficulty analysing Carbonite. #howold #starwars pic.twitter.com/zYEoZODstH — Rich Boakes (@richboakes) April 30, 2015
The nap time
(As stated above, I am not 13.)
The ancient feature
I think it’s a bit older (a millennium or so) but cool demo! http://t.co/hbvy20iFda #Build2015 #HowOldBot pic.twitter.com/4w7ECQLlQh — Jan Vlnas (@janvlnas) April 30, 2015
The double take
pic.twitter.com/KL5BFhWslE — Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 30, 2015
The gender bender
#HowOldRobot thinks Poison is an all-girl band. pic.twitter.com/cxDgocwL92
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 30, 2015
That’s harsh tho pic.twitter.com/xROe3mx4tp — Derek Mead (@derektmead) April 30, 2015
…not to be confused with Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream.’
The birthday juju
This may be an edge case, but still…. #howOld pic.twitter.com/VdQCiDqhyI — Wolfgang Werner (@0xcafebabe) April 30, 2015
Almost… #Microsoft #howold pic.twitter.com/xpLZrBSZWL
— Mark (@mark3k) April 30, 2015
I always wanted to know more about my photobombers, thanks @ProductHunt @rrhoover pic.twitter.com/pLCVT6U37P
— Sami Smith (@pastelparasol) April 30, 2015
Being a zombie really ages you. http://t.co/dm3VwRHmwJ #Build2015 pic.twitter.com/Hmpfv6OaZD — Pete Pachal (@petepachal) April 30, 2015
Any other funny ones we missed? Share them in the comments below!
Read next: Everything Microsoft announced at Build 2015: Day 2
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