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Microsoft has unwrapped a metadata-slurping website powered by user-uploaded pictures which pretends to be a fun age-guessing game.


While the page's inability to accurately guess users' ages might seem an amusing cock-up on Redmond's part, the machine learning boffins who set up the page are content to slurp up the JavaScript Object Notation metadata of the photographs users are uploading, and process it to advertise Microsoft's services.


In a blog post authored by Corom Thompson and Santosh Balasubramanian, engineers in information management and machine learning at Microsoft, the pair claim they launched a webpage at how-old.net to "play" with a newly released face detection API. The page allows users to upload a picture and have the API attempt to predict the age and gender of any faces recognised within it.



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