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We Test Microsoft's New Age-Guessing Website With 10 Celebrity Photos (and 1 Pancake Portrait)
Now that they've conquered the world of home computing, Microsoft has set out to dominate another, somewhat smaller industry: Those stupid "Guess Your Age" booths they have at carnivals and stuff. RELATED: New Website Determines Which Song You Were Conceived To How-Old.net began as a test of Microsoft's face-recognition technology, but quickly became so popular among testers that it spread like food poisoning at … well, carnivals and stuff. It works like this: Just upload a picture of yourself — or anyone, really — and wait for the "How Old Robot" to guess your age (and less impressively, your sex). And unlike the aforementioned "Guess Your Age" booths they have at amusement parks, How-Old.net is completely free — although you won't win a stuffed Pikachu doll if it's wrong. Before all you carnie-folk throw away your megaphones and head for the unemployment line, just know that the site isn't completely accurate. We tested it out with a few random celebrity photos, and it barely even got close to guessing the ages of…
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John Stamos

Actual age at time of photograph: 51 Microsoft's guess: 43
(Reuters)

Pat Sajak

Actual age at time of photograph: 67 Microsoft's guess: 49
(Reuters)

This Pancake Portrait of Easy-E

Actual age at the time of pancake portrait: N/A Microsoft's guess: "Couldn't detect a face."
(Instagram/azules847)

Andy Dick

Actual age at time of photograph: 47 Microsoft's guess: 56
(Reuters)

This Ronald McDonald Guy

Actual age at time of photograph: Undetermined Microsoft's guess: 6
(Reuters)

This Wax Figure of Angelina Jolie

Actual age at time of photograph: N/A (The real Angelina was 38.) Microsoft's guess: 32
(Reuters)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel AND a Wax Figure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Actual ages at time of photograph: 59 and N/A Microsoft's guess: 46 (real) and 46 (wax)
(Reuters)

Charlie Sheen

Actual age at time of photograph: 47 Microsoft's guess: 57
(Reuters)

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un

Actual age at time of photograph: 32 Microsoft's guess: 46
(Reuters)

Ruth Buzzi Presenting an Emmy

Actual age at time of photograph: 72 Microsoft's guess: 68
(Reuters)

Prince George

Actual age at time of photograph: 1 Microsoft's guess: 2
(Reuters)

We Test Microsoft's New Age-Guessing Website With 10 Celebrity Photos (and 1 Pancake Portrait)

Now that they've conquered the world of home computing, Microsoft has set out to dominate another, somewhat smaller industry: Those stupid "Guess Your Age" booths they have at carnivals and stuff. RELATED: New Website Determines Which Song You Were Conceived To How-Old.net began as a test of Microsoft's face-recognition technology, but quickly became so popular among testers that it spread like food poisoning at … well, carnivals and stuff. It works like this: Just upload a picture of yourself — or anyone, really — and wait for the "How Old Robot" to guess your age (and less impressively, your sex). And unlike the aforementioned "Guess Your Age" booths they have at amusement parks, How-Old.net is completely free — although you won't win a stuffed Pikachu doll if it's wrong. Before all you carnie-folk throw away your megaphones and head for the unemployment line, just know that the site isn't completely accurate. We tested it out with a few random celebrity photos, and it barely even got close to guessing the ages of…

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