How Old? Icebreaker

Here are the instructions for the How Old? Icebreaker activity mentioned in our Icebreakers! (not the gum) post.

  1. Go to how-old.net on your mobile device.
  2. Select “Use your own photo.”
  3. Select Camera.
  4. Take a picture and confirm.
  5. Record the age that it guesses. 
  6. Choose “Try another photo” and repeat the process 5 (or more) times, trying to take similar photos each time. 
  7. Create a visualization of your choice (using software, colored pencils, pens, anything you want) to show some important features of the data. 
  8. Think about some ways that the algorithm might predict your age, do you think you can manipulate the algorithm? 
  9. Try making some different faces to attempt to manipulate the algorithm (at least 5 more pictures).
  10. Add these data to your visualization in a way that differentiates them from the original data (but keep them in the same display). 
  11. Look at your final visualization and make some conclusions about the age guessing software, your data, or the algorithm. What do you notice? Share with a neighbor.