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#HowOldRobot: The "How Old Do I Look" App Wants To Guess Your Age And Gender From A Photo

Have you put Microsoft’s new Face detection API to the test yet and uploaded a photo to How-Old.net?

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Within hours of sending an email to several hundred people asking them to test a new age-and-gender-guessing web app, usage had spread across the globe and over 35,000 people had tested the app. The photo above shows users in America, Australia, South America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey, etc.

So, what's the big deal?

The Face API "detects and extracts information about faces in a photograph" and is a fun, interact activity. According to a report published on the Machine Learning Blog, the app is a unique combination of APIs available in the Azure Machine Learning Gallery, which includes intelligent services like Face, Speech, and Vision. These available services are part of a new suite called Project Oxford from Bing and Microsoft Research.

Kelley MacDonald is a blogger and is based in Brooklyn, NY. See more of her writing at The City and Us.

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