Microsoft recently introduced a facial recognition tool that calculates users’ ages based on their photographs.
One can upload their pictures on how-old.net, and it will estimate their age. It is designed on Microsoft’s face detection API tools and its Azure computing platform, according to CNN. Third-party developers can incorporate the feature in their applications.
A few hours after its release, 35,000 people had tested the website.
Although irregularities have been noticed in the tool, Microsoft’s attempt at age-guessing has become viral across social media.
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A post on Microsoft’s Machine Learning Blog said, “We sent email to a group of several hundred people asking them to try the page for a few minutes and give us feedback – optimistically hoping that at least 50 people would give it a shot. We monitored our real-time analytics dashboard to track usage and, within a few minutes, the number of people using the site vastly exceeded the number of people we had sent our email to.”
According to PCMag, Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president, said at Microsoft’s Build conference, “It’s a really fun API that allows you to submit pictures, detect faces in that, and tells you an estimate of their age and gender.”
News.com.au tested the website for the cast members of Game of Thrones.
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Morning News USA also ran a few pictures of celebrities and movie characters on Microsoft’s website. Some returned with almost correct results, while the others are both startling and hilarious.
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