Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

'How Old Do I Look?' age recognition tool claims to tell you exactly what age you appear to be

hero.jpg

There's one topic that has dominated conversation in the Stylist.co.uk office this morning (punctuated by squeals of delight and the occasional disgruntled humph).

It's not big or clever, but Microsoft's new "How Old Do I Look?" tool is definitely addictive. 

The facial detection device claims to use "state-of-the-art, cloud-based algorithms" to judge your age from any photo you upload.

So after years of feeling quietly smug after being ID'd - or devastated when someone mistakes your mum for your sister - this is the mechanism that will tell you the TRUTH about your age.

... Or does it?

A frenetic half-hour testing the tool in the office this morning revealed interesting results from the Stylist.co.uk team.

Senior writer Elinor set the bar high early on (accompanied by an air-punch "Yeeess!") when a quick desk-side selfie ranked her at just 14 years old. That's less than half her age:


Elinor Block, Senior Writer

Real age: 30

Nell

I, on the the hand, held the dubious honour of breaking the record the other way when "54" popped up in response to a scrunched-up facial snap that reveals every last wrinkle brought on by a penchant for wine and sunbathing (have aged 22 years in 20 seconds, I clung to the disclaimer, "sorry if we didn't quite get the age and gender right"). 

Thinking the tool might rank you older if you don't smile or it's just a bad photo, I then uploaded one of myself half-frowning and looking sort of sad and traumatised; but it outfoxed me again by guessing my age as 20:


Anna Brech, Deputy Editor

Real age: 32

Anna B

Meanwhile, our ever-youthful writer Sejal was a bit put out to be told she looked "36" from a photo that's flattering by anyone's standards:


Sejal Kapadia, Writer

Real age: 26

Sejal

So while some critics have already slammed the app for destroying self-esteem, we think the folks over at Microsoft would have to finesse their criteria quite a bit before we take it seriously enough to put a dent in our confidence.

Granted, the tool didn't mistake any of us as men, but we did end up with a wildly disparate - and entertaining - variety of ages.

Try the tool out for yourself here

Related

ThinkstockPhotos-469106598 (2).jpg

Ask the experts: golden skincare rules to follow in summer

KRISTEN-HERO.jpg

Hollywood is 'disgustingly sexist', says Kristen Stewart

cindy3.jpg

The real reason that Cindy Crawford picture went viral

mean-girls-where-now.jpg

'Is it acceptable to bitch about other women?'

ThinkstockPhotos-516528625.jpg

Natural beauty products you have in your kitchen

rexfeatures_567903b.jpg

Literary icon Joan Didion is the new face of fashion house Céline

More

5 famous women have been targeted in disgusting private photo hack

Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell are the latest stars to have their pictures leaked.

by Moya Crockett
22 Aug 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Lady Gaga’s total eclipse vibes to Kim Kardashian’s sweet family snap

by Nicola Colyer
22 Aug 2017

Tom Hardy's final CBeebies Bedtime Story is a tribute to his late dog

“Run with the angels... I will see you when I get there”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Aug 2017

UKIP candidate suggests paying British Indians to leave the UK

And Twitter responds perfectly

by Moya Crockett
21 Aug 2017

Elisabeth Moss denies that Scientology is anything like Gilead

The Handmaid’s Tale star discusses the parallels between her show and her faith.

by Moya Crockett
21 Aug 2017

JK Rowling spots mansplainer in the wild, and deals with him perfectly

The Harry Potter author won’t let any woman’s confidence be knocked by mansplaining

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Aug 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Nicki Minaj’s vintage look to a Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants reunion

by Nicola Colyer
18 Aug 2017

Chris Brown tried to excuse his attack on Rihanna, and it’s not OK

“Violence is a choice he made – and he alone is responsible for it”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Serena Williams on how skin colour affects what people think of her

“I feel like people think I’m mean”

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

This Hocus Pocus star’s pregnancy announcement is pure 90s perfection

“I smell children…”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017