Face Recognition That Is Just Wrong On So Many Levels

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So after reading this post by Scott Hanselman, I just had to try it out. He writes about a site called MyHeritage that attempts to match your face to celebrities and relatives.

I thought I might have interesting results since I am bi-racial, but wasn’t expecting much. Here is the photo I uploaded and the two closest look alikes.

Portrait of Me

Look Alikes

Now that is just plain rude! Dare I play the race card here? Just because I am half-Korean with glasses doesn’t mean I look like Kim Jong Il! We don’t all look alike!

In a way they were accurate about my heritage, by having the top two results be a caucasian and a Korean.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the Great Leader wishes to get back to work on some interesting code.

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  1. Avatar for Jon Galloway
    Jon Galloway February 8th, 2006

    My closest matches would make for an awkward: Frank Oz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Gates, and Eddie Murphy.

  2. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked February 8th, 2006

    Just so y'all know, I tried another image and the top match was a younger Pierce Brosnan. I can live with that comparison.

    Scott H mentioned in an email that this appears to be doing shape recognition more than face recognition. Apparently so!

  3. Avatar for gary
    gary February 8th, 2006

    i got yoko, ang lee, fidel castro and christina ricci

  4. Avatar for Jeremy
    Jeremy February 8th, 2006

    I got Zsolt Baumgartner, whoever that is, and my wife got Elisha Cuthbert, the hot chick from 24. Sweet!

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    Jeremy February 8th, 2006

    Oh, and apparently my 3 year old son looks like Katie Holmes. I gotta get that kid into sports or something!

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    Brian February 9th, 2006

    hahahahahahhhaha Kim Jong Il


  7. Avatar for Lars Wilhelmsen
    Lars Wilhelmsen February 9th, 2006

    Tips: Try with a picture where you're not wearing your glasses...


  8. Avatar for Candace
    Candace January 22nd, 2007

    Hah sorry dude but you do kinda look like Kim Jong Il anyways, even if you didn't have the glasses... at least in that picture :p
    I think if your head hadn't been tilted back there wouldn't be much of a resemblance though, the thing just measures distances and basic shapes, like the sweep of the eyebrows and whatnot...
    I got Linda Carter from one picture, and Moby from another lol

  9. Avatar for AcidBurn
    AcidBurn March 7th, 2007

    Hey i liked what i get!!! Angelina Jolie come on i can't bet that

  10. Avatar for Tash
    Tash January 11th, 2009

    Hey my closest match was Jessica Alba, not bad....