From Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution, a link to the Face Analyzer, ‘the only automated face reader in the world. Submit a picture of yourself on line, and the Face Analyzer will rush to conclusions about your character and intelligence.
Here are the ratings Alex got.
Intelligence: 3.9 (out of 4 maybe but out of 10? I am crushed).
Ambition: 3.7 – low. Low ambition? I’ll show them!
Gay Factor: 1.0 – very low. Good, I think. Maybe. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Politeness: 3.2 – low. Stupid Face Analyzer. What do you know.
Income: 10-30 thousand. Hah!
Promiscuity: 6.1 average. My highest score. Don’t tell my wife.
Alex is right to be unhappy. The Face Analyzer is sure to be used by college admissions and hiring committees everywhere.
Technology to the rescue. Dont like your face analyzer score? You can beat the system! Use the transformational software from the University of St. Andrew: The Face Morpher. Change your gender, age, race, or aesthetics. Watch those Face Analyzer scores soar!
I offer myself up a test subject. I took this image
and asked the Face Morpher to give me what it calls the Afro Caribbean treatment:
Then I asked it to give me the El Greco treatment
I cant help feeling that looking like Derek Walcott and Isaiah Berlin will be good for my test score and my career opps. Of course, I cant find out because the Face Analyzer is jammed. This is what happened when you get a nod from Marginal Revolution, as I know from my own experience.
Watch this space.
The Face Analyzer can be found here