|Using one photo of a 3-year-old, the software automatically renders images of his face at multiple ages. (Photo/provided to Xinhua)|
Parents will always want to know what their children will look like when he/she grows up. A computer could now answer the question in less than a minute.
Researchers with University of Washington have developed software that automatically generates images of a young child’s face as it ages through a lifetime.
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.