Review: Microsoft’s “Toy”

Microsoft has a fun new toy! It’s called! It’s NOT a game where you guess the age of their .NET platform. Instead it’s a fun game where they guess your age from a photo you supply. It’s kind of like this:

…except you can’t win anything.
They have this hashtag #HowOldRobot they’re trying to promote but it’s just pointless. The Terms of Service state:

Microsoft does not claim ownership of any materials you provide to Microsoft (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input, or submit to any Website Services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community (collectively “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Website Services.


Fun! So I uploaded photos with wild abandon. Here’s what I looked like when I was 30 vs. what I looked like at 50:


Here I am at 44 with my 36 year old daughter:


This is fun! Also, I can’t figure out why people are so weirded out by facial recognition technology.

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