Want to avoid major beauty queen crowning mishaps? Ditch the human errors completely (ahem, Steve Harvey), and put computers in charge. Surprisingly, though, this robot-judged contest isn’t a reaction to the Miss Universe debacle. It’s an attempt to get a good look at how we age, to research how robots can determine medical health just by looking at someone’s face and, as a result of this research, to determine how to combat the signs of aging.
Or, as Beauty.AI puts it, “The team’s challenge is to find effective ways to slow down ageing and help people look healthy and beautiful.” Whether you consider yourself to be less beautiful as you age – um, rude! – it’s an interesting project. And you can be part of it.
Download the app through Google Play or the App store, take a selfie and robots will examine your face to determine how youthful, healthy and beautiful you look. There are a few rules: you must submit a #wokeuplikethis photo — that means no makeup allowed, no lumbersexuals (shave before snapping your selfie), and leave your geek chic glasses out of the photo (no sunnies or prescription frames). A robot jury will evaluate the faces of contestants, judging facial symmetry, complexion, wrinkles and other parameters that affect our perceptions of beauty. Entrants will then be ranked within age groups, race and gender.
Selfies are due by January 15 and winners (one female and one male) will be announced on January 28. Not by Steve Harvey. We repeat, not by Steve Harvey, but by a robot, named neither Steve, nor Harvey. Good luck!