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See how old a computer thinks you are with Microsoft's new website that guesses your age

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Microsoft introduced How-Old.net, a website to guess how old you are, at today’s Microsoft Build 2015 developer conference.

The site is way for Microsoft to show off what it’s working on behind the scenes, with smarter applications that can use facial recognition and huge amounts of data to make intelligent guesses. Supposedly, the app learns over time from the data everyone uploads, improving and becoming more accurate as more people use it.

You can read the technical nitty-gritty at a Microsoft blog here.

How-Old.net isn’t highly accurate, but it’s close, and it’s getting better. It thinks I’m 23 years old, which is a few years shy of my real age of 130 (or 28 if you’re a stickler for the truth).

Screenshot 2015 04 30 10.14.50Matt Weinberger

Using How-Old is easy. You can upload your own photos, or choose from a Bing Image Search. Here’s what it thinks about “Furious Seven” actor Vin Diesel, real age 47:

Screenshot 2015 04 30 10.17.36Matt Weinberger

And “Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence, real age 24:

Screenshot 2015 04 30 10.21.36Matt Weinberger

It’s an oddity, but it demonstrates how Microsoft is thinking about data, facial recognition, and all kinds of other futuristic technologies. It’s a little taste of things to come.

You can try out How-Old for yourself by clicking here.

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