How old do these Vancouver residents really look?

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How old do you look? That’s the question that has been on everyone’s mind since Microsoft launched a strange yet catchy website that analyzes a photo and tells you how old you really look.

The #HowOldRobot caught on at the end of April of this year when industry blogs and social media channels began posting links to the site. Immediately, developers at Microsoft could tell they had a hit on their hands.

“We were expecting perhaps 50 users for a test but, in the end, got over 35,000 users and saw the whole thing unfold in real time,” one of the app’s creators said in a Microsoft blog post.

So how did this robot come about?

“We were building a demo for the day 2 keynote of Microsoft’s Build2015 developer conference. We wanted to showcase how developers can easily and quickly build intelligent applications using Azure services. Using our newly released Face detection API’s we set up an age guessing website called http://how-old.net on Azure.”

But the developers admit the robot is not the best at guessing ages, leaving some people minimally offended and others overjoyed.

“The API is reasonably good at locating the faces and identifying gender, but it isn’t particularly accurate with age, but it’s often good for a laugh and users have fun with it.”

Speaking of fun, we tried a short experiment to see how old some Vancouverites really look. There were some big winners, such as Christy Clark, Bif Naked, Jimmy Pattison and Jillian Harris who all looked younger than they really are, but a few happened to appear much older.

Take a look at how old the #HowOldRobot found these Vancouver personalities, then go find out for yourself at How-old.net.

Michael Buble

Actual age: 39

Image: Heyitsnance via Flickr / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Heyitsnance via Flickr / How Old Do I Look?

Vikram Vij

Actual age: 50

Image: How Old Do I Look?

Image: How Old Do I Look?

Jim Chu

Actual age: 56

Image: Vancouver Police Department via Flickr / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Vancouver Police Department via Flickr / How Old Do I Look?

Seth Rogen

Actual age: 33

Image: Wikimedia Commons / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Wikimedia Commons / How Old Do I Look?

Geroy Simon

Actual age: 39

Image: Wikimedia Commons / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Wikimedia Commons / How Old Do I Look?

Ryan Holmes

Actual age: 40

Image: Kris Krug via Flickr / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Kris Krug via Flickr / How Old Do I Look?

Gregor Robertson

Actual age: 50

Image: Mayor of Vancouver / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Mayor of Vancouver / How Old Do I Look?

Christy Clark

Actual age: 49

Image: BC Legislation / How Old Do I Look?

Image: BC Legislation / How Old Do I Look?

Trevor Linden

Actual age: 45

Image: Richard Schmon for ClearlyContacts.ca / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Richard Schmon for ClearlyContacts.ca / How Old Do I Look?

Bif Naked

Actual age: 43

Image: Bif Naked via Facebook / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Bif Naked via Facebook / How Old Do I Look?

Chip Wilson

Actual age: 58

Image: Chip Wilson via Lululemon video screen grab  / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Chip Wilson via Lululemon video screen grab / How Old Do I Look?

Jimmy Pattison

Actual age: 86

Image: Jim Pattison Group / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Jim Pattison Group / How Old Do I Look?

Jillian Harris

Actual age: 35

Image: Jillian Harris via Facebook / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Jillian Harris via Facebook / How Old Do I Look?

Steve Nash

Actual age: 41

Image: Wikimedia Commons / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Wikimedia Commons / How Old Do I Look?

David Suzuki

Actual age: 79

Image: David Suzuki / How Old Do I Look?

Image: David Suzuki / How Old Do I Look?

Tamara Taggart

Actual age: 47

Image: Tamara Taggart via Facebook / How Old Do I Look?

Image: Tamara Taggart via Facebook / How Old Do I Look?

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Jill Slattery Jill Slattery was born and raised in Vancouver, where she also earned an Arts degree from UBC in English and Creative Writing. She is an avid TV-watcher and a shameless Taylor Swift fangirl. Jill is a Staff Writer at Vancity Buzz. Contact her at jill@vancitybuzz.com
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