When I was in my fifties, I used to tell people I was sixty; the sought-after response was something along the lines of how good I looked for my age. This cheap trick has lost its thrill, and now I’d prefer not to know how old people think I am.
For those who still care but aren’t bold enough to ask, Microsoft has an answer. Supply the web site with any picture, and it will speculate on the age. I fed it several personal photos with varying results. Since there are some days when I feel older than others, this made sense. I also tried uploading a headshot of my 8-year old Shih Tzu, but the app responded with “Failed to find a face.” Luckily for us, the little guy is comfortable in his own skin, and a potential identity crisis was avoided.
When Lulu CEO Alexandra Chong got wind of this, it sparked an idea. Lulu has built its cred with a mobile app on which girls (and girls only, please) can rate guys. Questions of legality and political correctness aside, it is estimated that by the end of the year, 1 in 4 college undergraduates in the U.S. will be using it. Since Lulu is clearly on a roll with technology built around gender detection and facial recognition, why wouldn’t they show off with a feature that answers the question “How Dude Do I Look?”
In a world where the forms we fill out are starting to feature “(1) Male (2) Female (3) Other” options, this is likely to offend droves of people in all three categories. Personally, I’m beginning to wonder why I’m only 99% Dude, and why Lulu finds this to be so funny (#CracksMeUp).