This Creepy Website Guesses Your Age Just From A Photo – Does It Work?

Do you look your age?
There’s an easy way to find out. Instead of heading to the carnival and having a carney guess your age and weight, head over to Microsoft’s how-old.net, upload a photo of yourself, and the site will spit out a prediction for how old you are—as well as your gender.
As Microsoft writes on its blog explainer:
“This may be hard to believe but it took a couple of developers just a day to put this whole solution together, starting with the pipeline from the web page to the Machine Learning APIs to the real time streaming analytics and real time BI. This turned out to be a great example of the power of Azure services. The key components of this solution are:

  • Extracting the gender and age of the people in these pictures.
  • Obtaining real time insights on the data extracted above.
  • Creating real time dashboards to view the above results.”

Here were my results.
Website guesses age

Wrong. And rude. This picture is from when I was 22…so it was off by 11 years.

website guesses age

Take two was a little closer…This picture from last year was only off by four years.

age predictor

Alright, I’m done. This is stupid.

I was starting to feel a little bit bad, but it looks like I’m not the only one getting inaccurate results. Check out what Microsoft’s guesses for some celebrity ages are.

Does it work for you? Even if it doesn’t, it’s pretty fun…especially when it says your friends look 40.

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