My Twitter timeline just blew up with selfies with boxes hovering above faces guessing how old people are, thanks to a demo app Microsoft showed off today to prove its face-recognition savvy — or lack thereof.
“It’s a really fun API [application programming interface] that allows you to submit pictures, detect faces in that, and tells you an estimate of their age and gender,” Microsoft corporate vice president Joseph Sirosh said onstage at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco today.
Sirosh told everyone at the conference — in the crowd and online — to check out the app, at how-old.net, which uses Microsoft’s Face API. Lots of people gave it a try. But instead of generating a whole bunch of “wow” remarks on Twitter, the demo was sort of a flop. People complained how far off the estimates were — and then started making fun of it.
See for yourself, starting with the real ones and then the mockeries:
Apparently I haven’t aged well pic.twitter.com/wf2Wl9bplg
— Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) April 30, 2015
Microsoft isn’t very good at guessing the age of baby dolls pic.twitter.com/B24m6ZBqtg
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 30, 2015
— Ruth Reader (@RuthReader) April 30, 2015
Oh dear, might have to shave the damn beard. pic.twitter.com/qUxO4paXMx
— Ed Bott (@edbott) April 30, 2015
msft thinks i’m 30, but also 25. pic.twitter.com/nyH1ETM6Mw
— Selena Larson (@selenalarson) April 30, 2015
well go fuck yourself microsoft. pic.twitter.com/rgZs5Lqv45
— drew olanoff (@drew) April 30, 2015
— Brian Fagioli (@brianfagioli) April 30, 2015
— Owen Williams (@ow) April 30, 2015
— Simon Le Gros Bisson (@sbisson) April 30, 2015
Microsoft…really need to work on those algorithms, didnt even find my face. pic.twitter.com/rkSKfaie1y
— Brad Sams (@bdsams) April 30, 2015