New Computer Program Shows What You’ll Look Like When You’re 80


Most of us are focused on trying to look as young as possible as long as possible, but now a new program might give you a peek at how wrinkly you will get.

According to Today, the software, developed by researchers at the University of Washington, is the first of its kind and can take a single photograph of a child and show that child all through adulthood.

The Today anchors gave it a shot this week. “It not only alters the person’s image, but it changes your actual facial features,” Natalie Morales said. “It changes the shape of your face, not just adding that sprinkle of gray in the hair or wrinkles.”

The program compares original photos to ones on the internet to accurately age faces. Researchers are hoping it could aid law enforcement officials in the search for missing or abducted persons, and surgeons are optimistic that the program could have an impact on plastic and cosmetic surgery, though it’s too soon to gauge what kind of impact it will really have. For now, if nothing else, it could provide a neat peek into the future.

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If you’ve ever wondered how you might age, check out the program here, and then tell us: Would you want to see how you’ll look when you’re older? Let us know below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

  • By Alanna Nuñez

This app shows you what you’ll look like as you age — but some say it poses a privacy issue

Ever wanted to know how you’ll age? There’s an app for that.

Launched in 2017, FaceApp isn’t necessarily new. But it’s making headlines again because the app has gotten good — like, eerily good — at showing users what they’ll look like when they age.

It’s scary, so use at your own risk. Or, take a spin through Twitter or Instagram to see how others have turned out years into the future.

Basketball star Dwyane Wade gave it a go — or, in this case, retired basketball star?

Tottenham Hotspurs, a soccer team in England, made a whole Twitter thread of their players with FaceApp. It’s amazing.

And rapper Drake got in on the aging action (though it isn’t clear if he used FaceApp to do it).

The app uses neural networks — a type of artificial intelligence — to edit the photos.

And it can do more than just age you. The app can literally put a smile on your face, make you look younger, or swap your gender, too.

Privacy concerns
The app, though enjoyable, is also resurfacing concerns about security and privacy. FaceApp is owned by Russian tech company Wireless Labs, who has been scrutinized in the past for how the photos uploaded to the app are used.

David Vaile, a privacy expert and and executive director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Community at the University of New South Wales, spoke about the concerns in April 2017.

“Short answer: don’t use it,” Vaile told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2017.

Vaile added: “They ask for way more rights than they need to offer the service to you, (they) can remove the data from any effective legal protection regime, share it with almost anyone, and retain it indefinitely.

“It is impossible to tell from this what happens when you upload it, that is the problem. The (license) is so lax. They can claim you agree they can send to wherever they like to whoever they like, and so long as there is some connection, (they can) do a lot of things with it.”

Here’s what FaceApp’s privacy policy says: “These tools collect information sent by your device or our Service, including the web pages you visit, add-ons, and other information that assists us in improving the Service.”

This means the app collects information about your browsing history and location.

“We will not rent or sell your information to third parties outside FaceApp,” the policy also says. But it adds: “We may also share certain information such as cookie data with third-party advertising partners.”

FaceApp CEO Yaroslav Goncharov hasn’t responded to questions about the app’s use of data and information in regards to users’ privacy and security.

Scripps National contributed to this report.

Automated age-progression software lets you see how a child will age

Engineering | News releases | Research | Science

April 9, 2014

Michelle Ma

UW News

It’s a guessing game parents like to ponder: What will my child look like when she grows up? A computer could now answer the question in less than a minute.

University of Washington researchers have developed software that automatically generates images of a young child’s face as it ages through a lifetime. The technique is the first fully automated approach for aging babies to adults that works with variable lighting, expressions and poses.

Using one photo of a 3-year-old, the software automatically renders images of his face at multiple ages while keeping his identity (and the milk moustache).U of Washington

“Aging photos of very young children from a single photo is considered the most difficult of all scenarios, so we wanted to focus specifically on this very challenging case,” said Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, a UW assistant professor of computer science and engineering. “We took photos of children in completely unrestrained conditions and found that our method works remarkably well.”

The research team has posted a paper on the new technique and will present its findings at the June IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Columbus, Ohio.

See more examples of age-progressed photos.

The shape and appearance of a baby’s face – and variety of expressions – often change drastically by adulthood, making it hard to model and predict that change. This technique leverages the average of thousands of faces of the same age and gender, then calculates the visual changes between groups as they age to apply those changes to a new person’s face.

More specifically, the software determines the average pixel arrangement from thousands of random Internet photos of faces in different age and gender brackets. An algorithm then finds correspondences between the averages from each bracket and calculates the average change in facial shape and appearance between ages. These changes are then applied to a new child’s photo to predict how she or he will appear for any subsequent age up to 80.

The researchers tested their rendered images against those of 82 actual people photographed over a span of years. In an experiment asking random users to identify the correct aged photo for each example, they found that users picked the automatically rendered photos about as often as the real-life ones.

A single photo of a child (far left) is age progressed (left in each pair) and compared to actual photos of the same person at the corresponding age (right in each pair).U of Washington

“Our extensive user studies demonstrated age progression results that are so convincing that people can’t distinguish them from reality,” said co-author Steven Seitz, a UW professor of computer science and engineering. “When shown images of an age-progressed child photo and a photo of the same person as an adult, people are unable to reliably identify which one is the real photo.”

Real-life photos of children are difficult to age-progress, partly due to variable lighting, shadows, funny expressions and even milk moustaches. To compensate for these effects, the algorithm first automatically corrects for tilted faces, turned heads and inconsistent lighting, then applies the computed shape and appearance changes to the new child’s face.

Perhaps the most common application of age progression work is for rendering older versions of missing children. These renderings usually are created manually by an artist who uses photos of the child as well as family members, and editing software to account for common changes to a child’s face as it ages, including vertical stretching, wrinkles and a longer nose.

But this process takes time, and it’s significantly harder to produce an accurate image for children younger than age 5, when facial features more closely resemble that of a baby.

In each of these morphs, the left image is the starting input photo and the right image will transform to age 80 to show the automatic aging process.

The automatic age-progression software can run on a standard computer and takes about 30 seconds to generate results for one face. While this method considered gender and age, the research team that also includes UW doctoral student Supasorn Suwajanakorn hopes to incorporate other identifiers such as ethnicity, and cosmetic factors such as hair whitening and wrinkles to build a robust enough method for representing every human face.

“I’m really interested in trying to find some representation of everyone in the world by leveraging the massive amounts of captured face photos,” Kemelmacher-Shlizerman said. “The aging process is one of many dimensions to consider.”

This research was funded by Google and Intel Corp.

For more information, contact Kemelmacher-Shlizerman at [email protected] or 206-616-0621.

Tag(s): Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman • Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering • Steve Seitz

“What will I look like when I’m old?” FaceApp has gone viral with a new photo editing tool that helps answer that question.

To see what you will like when you’re older (or younger), download FaceApp through the App Store or Google Play. (The app is free, though a paid “pro” version is available.) Then take a photo of yourself or choose a selfie from your phone’s photo library, and select the “age” filter below to see the original photo changed with AI to make you look old or young.

Some are calling it the “Face App Challenge,” though it’s not as challenging as kicking a bottle cap off or dumping ice water on yourself. You also don’t have to use your own photo — you can upload any photo, such as an Associated Press photo of Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim in 2018 (altered to make him look like he’s coaching his 80th season in the year 2056).

Stars who’ve posted their own versions include the Jonas Brothers (in “the year 3000”), Terry Crews (still looking ripped), and Drake inviting fans to share their best caption on his salt-and-pepper hair.

When you take a trip to the Year 3000.

— Jonas Brothers (@jonasbrothers) July 16, 2019

OLD TERRY CAN STILL KICK SOME ASS! 🤣😂 I did that face app thing y’all been TELLIN ME TO DO! #AmericasGotTerry #AGT

— terry crews (@terrycrews) July 16, 2019 View this post on Instagram

Best caption wins ovo tickets

A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 16, 2019 at 1:36am PDT

The results are amusing, though not always accurate. Beards are kept the same style, with grayer or whiter hair; there’s little indication of weight gain or hair loss with age; fashion doesn’t change; and even the celebrity images with wrinkles look silly when we all know they’ll never look like that.

Others pointed out that most people can predict what they’ll look like when they’re older simply by looking at their parents and grandparents. And if you want to see what you looked like when you were young, just find a baby snapshot or your high school yearbook portrait.

TechCrunch reports FaceApp has also come under scrutiny in the past, such as a previous version that appeared to show digital blackface by changing a person from one ethnicity to another. The app, created by a team of Russian developers, also uploads photos to the cloud for processing, raising some questions about security and facial recognition software.

See more FaceApp images and tweets below:

#FaceApp the old taylor can’t come to the phone right know
Why ? Oh because she’s dead

— Ra 🦋 (@iraghlla) July 12, 2019

I put Paul Rudd in FaceApp and honestly…

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 16, 2019

How does old Kylie Jenner also look like an old Courtney Cox? #faceapp #faceappchallenge

— Mina Nile Cheyenne 🌿 (@Mina_Nile) July 17, 2019

60 years later..
Kanye still doesnt smile.
Kim can’t close her mouth.#FaceApp #faceappchallenge

— An Dre 🇺🇬🇺🇸 (@1Kingofthefall) July 16, 2019

So pretty even when you’re 80! Omg

— 🅴 LUNE♭🎂 (@LuneKp) July 13, 2019 View this post on Instagram

Still gonna turn up when I’m older… And be working! (Swipe) #SeñorLopez #WigStillTight

A post shared by Mario Lopez (@mariolopez) on Jul 16, 2019 at 10:28am PDT

Cardi B Shares FaceApp-Filtered Photo of What She Thinks She’ll Look Like ‘When I Am 80’

— Efezinox (@Efezinoxx) July 17, 2019

A small glimpse into Trump 60th summit with Kim Jong Un#FaceApp

— BELAAZ (@TheBelaaz) July 17, 2019

Before you go and download the face app to see what you’ll look like when you’re old, have you considered just looking at your parents??? That’s how you gonna look, fam. Mystery solved.

— Emily Nyman (@EmSheDoesIt) July 16, 2019

I’m glad y’all are having fun with that face-aging app but I will never be able to shake the feeling that alllllll those pics are being put straight into some kind of database, the sinister purpose of which won’t be revealed until it’s too late.

— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) July 16, 2019

Mfw a new face app drops

— Joshua Caleb Weibley (@_living_well) July 16, 2019

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Everyone’s suddenly posting pictures of what they might look like when they’re old. People are posting results on Twitter, and it’s provided a few good laughs in our work chat. If you’re wondering how they’re doing this, it’s by using an an app called FaceApp, which is now the top trending free app in the iTunes App Store. You can download and use for free for three days.

The app’s privacy policy said it collects the pictures you upload to its service, so keep in mind that it’s keeping the selfies you take. Also be warned that one developer, Joshua Nozzi, said in a deleted tweet that it appears the app may try to upload other pictures from your library. If you’re concerned about this, don’t give it access to your photos when it asks, just access to the camera.

There have also been concerns that the app was made by a Russian developer, sparking fears that the data shared with the app could be sent to the government there. However, the app’s developer said this week that the app deletes the data after a couple days.

Here’s how to try the filter if you want to get in on the fun:


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Ready to face your future?
• Works with photos taken with your Android device camera or from your photo gallery
• Auto-cropping using face detection
• Transformation process is instant with no internet connection needed
• Shake device to see before and after views
• Scroll results into the app gallery
• Save results to your photo gallery
• Share with your friends via email, FaceBook or Twitter
• AgingBooth is a funny application made for entertainment purposes only and does not guarantee resemblance to the real aging process.
• AgingBooth works best with people between the ages of 15 and 60.
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What You’ll Look Like When You’re Older

Ever wonder what you’ll look like when you get older or if you were a different gender? A popular new app called FaceApp (free for iOS and Android) will transform your photo in seconds.

When you open the app, you simply take a photo or select one you’ve already taken. Once selected, the app will give you a few transformation options: adding a smile, looking younger, looking older and changing gender.

Of course, facial morphs aren’t unique, but FaceApp does do an especially good job with the ones it offers.

The app uses artificial intelligence, according to the creators, to blend facial features typically found each of the profiles. So wrinkles, age spots, gray hair and teeth yellowing are apparent in the “old” filter. And the “male” filter will add a more squared jaw, some facial hair and remove long hair. The blending is especially apparent in the “smile” transformation (shown below).

There is an in-app upgrade option ($3.99), which removes the FaceApp watermark and ads and lets you choose whether you want to show the emoji icons for the transformations.

What will you look like when you get older?

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