Posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm
A Swedish reader has informed this website of a new computer program that gives the approximate age of a person by scanning their photograph. Scroll down the linked page to see six examples. [Unfortunately, as of 12-5-15 this page is no longer online, at least not at the address it was. But I found two write-ups about it here and here. It does exist.]
Our reader took advantage of the website’s free demonstration offer and tested two faces from the famous Buchenwald liberation photo taken on April 16, 1945. Nikolaus Grüner is in the lower left of the FBLPhoto, and in the background is the round-headed man who is claimed to be Elie Wiesel. These are the results the computer program gave him.
Above: Estimated age 16 years (exactly the age Grüner was at the time)
Above: Estimated age between 30 and 36 years (Elie Wiesel was only 16 at the time)
This does not surprise us. It fits what we can see with our natural eyes and brain — and what other evidence has told us. But it’s nice to know that a program designed by the bright folks at Apple has confirmed it.