Microsoft has developed a neat new photo-based app that is taking the internet by storm. How-Old.Net analyzes photos using face-recognition technology and an age-guessing algorithm to determine a subject’s age and gender. It just so happens that corruption is really bad for your complexion.
The Beijing News used the app to analyze pictures of recently indicted corrupt officials, to see the real costs of President Xi Jinping’s corruption crackdown. While Microsoft’s website bears the warning that the app is still being improved and not completely accurate, we think the results are pretty much straight on.
The first case is that of Li Daqiu, the once fresh-faced Vice-Chairman of the Guangxi Provincial People’s Political Consultative Conference, who was convicted of taking nearly 11 million in bribes, and thus aged more than two decades in just one year out of shame.
Meanwhile, Chen Baihuai, the former Vice-Chairman of the Hubei Provincial People’s Political Consultative Conference, has lost his youthful vigor after corruption charges were brought upon him in 2014. Since that time, 19 years have passed by for poor Chen.
Former Director of the National Energy Administration Liu Tienan has fared better than most. His face has only aged 9 years in the time that it took for him to be convicted on charges of bribery and sentenced to life in prison.
The most extreme example is that of Liao Shaohua, the former Communist Party Secretary of Zunyi. Liao’s once luscious dark head of hair is no more, turned to grey and fallen apart, much like his morals and civic responsibility did when he accepted bribes and abused the privileges of his office.
To promote its austerity campaign, China should really make this mandatory viewing for all of its officials, it could prove even more frightening and effective than a group trip to the old torture museum.
Netizens have also had some fun playing around with the new app by scanning some important figures from Chinese history to determine their true age.
by Alex Linder
[Images via The Beijing Daily & Baidu]