New Software Can Tell Your Age

Women who are not happy revealing their age should stay away from University of Illinois-developed computer software that shows a person’s age just by looking at his or her face.

According to Thomas S. Huang, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University, the software can be useful in many ways. He said that it could stop underage drinkers from entering bars, prevent minors from purchasing tobacco products from vending machines, and deny children access to adult Web sites.

The researchers trained their computer algorithm using 1,600 different people with five pictures of each person, for a total of 8,000 images. The age of the people in the pictures ranged from one year to 93 years old.

This is not an easy task for a piece of software because the human aging process is determined not only by a person’s genes, but also by many other factors including health, living style, living location, and even weather conditions.