Considering #HowOldRobot has been trending on all my social media platforms for the past day, I’m going to assume most of you have gotten the chance to play with it by now. For those that haven’t, the #HowOldRobot was created by a Microsoft Team and it will guess the age and gender of any picture you throw at it. It’s more often wrong than not, but there’s something alluring about playing guessing games with a robot.
I’ve had fun with this, my friends have had fun with this, and Kotaku has definitely had fun with this. So far it’s rarely on point, and seems to only be successful as a marketing ploy. The plot begins to thicken when you realize the #howOldRobot reads Link as a girl in almost every single photo submitted. Is it because of his delicate features, or is the robot smart enough to know our secret fantasies of Link as a girl?
So, here’s my picture proof. Picture after picture of Link identified as a woman. Why are the ages so variable while the gender remains the same?
And now, here is Link throwing shade at the #HowOldRobot.
Of course, you’re more than welcome to try this yourself. Share any fun #HowOldRobot pictures with us on Twitter, or leave ’em in the comments.