Can this website guess your age? Microsoft’s how-old.net

Microsoft has come up with a facial recognition tool that can guess your age, called how-old.net. You upload a photo and it will tell you how old you look. No uploaded pictures are stored, so you can test away. How-old.net came about when developers were testing Microsoft’s new face detection API. They were hoping for 50 responses but got over 35 000. I’ve always thought that I look young for my age, so I decided to put my face to an algorithm backed test.

How-old.net Test 1

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What now? I am by no means 64! I think this has to do with wearing shades. I do however like Microsoft’s disclaimer “Sorry if we didn’t quite get the age and gender right – we are still improving this feature.”

How-old.net Test 2

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Much better. And this photo was taken on New Year’s Eve.

How-old.net Test 3

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So not as young as I was in the previous picture, but much better than 64! I am actually 30 and am quite happy with this website’s final conclusion.

Does it work on animals?

Well not our fury friends, as you can see from the picture below.

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But it did work on what is possibly my favourite photo ever, of this monkey that took a selfie. A photographer left his camera out in the forest and when he came to collect it, he found that this monkey had taken loads of selfies. The monkey is apparently 43.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Laura @ Laughter is Catching May 3, 2015 at 19:35

    mine said 24 and then 59, and then detected a candelabra in the background of a photo as being 34. Funny though!

    • Reply Tech Girl May 4, 2015 at 11:02

      Good age for a candelabra right? I need to try it out and see what I get back.

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