This silly little website is going viral on all of my social media accounts right now. Perhaps you've seen it, too. It's an algorithm that guesses people's age and gender based on a photograph.
Microsoft engineers Corom Thompson and Santosh Balasubramanian developed the site to test out the company's new face-detection API. By the way, an API, or "application-programming interface" is simply a set of computer instructions that allows a program to interact with a website. When they were testing their face-detection API, they were hoping for, at most, 50 respondents to use the technology. The response was overwhelming. More than 35,000 had tried to see if the site could guess their age and gender. Now, it's just about everywhere you look online.
But how good is the site at making these predictions? Sometimes it works, sometimes it's WAY off. One of my 30-year old employees took it and they guessed her at 87, while another one of my employees was right on the nose. What will it guess for you? It only takes seconds to try, so why not give it a go?
Here's what it came up with for me, but I won't tell you if it's correct or not. A true lady never reveals her age!
Did the site work for you? Let me know in the comments if it guessed correctly or if it was way off.