JUN 21, 2020 10:51 AM PDT

Can Artificial Intelligence Guess Your Age?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Some of us are able to hide our age from each other but what if you can’t hide your age from artificial intelligence (AI)? Scientists at the Institute for Neural Computation at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed an algorithm that can catch aging features and produce an estimate of an age really quickly.

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"We're not quite sure what features our algorithm is looking for," says Professor Laurenz Wiskott from the Institute for Neural Computation. "Traditionally, the images are the input data and the correct age is the target fed into the system, which then tries to optimize the intermediate steps to assess the required age," explains lead author Alberto Escalante.

The algorithm can also provide an accurate depiction of someone’s ethnicity and recognize ethnic origins according to the report published in the journal Machine Learning from May 2020.

"Think of it as a film compiled of thousands of photos of faces," explains Laurenz Wiskott. "The system fades out all features that keep changing from one face to the next, such as eye colour, the size of the mouth, the length of the nose. Rather, it focuses on features that slowly change across all faces."

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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