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Facebooks “10 Year Challenge”

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Currently a huge trend that has been gaining momentum amongst many celebrities out on Social Media such as Facebook and Instagram. This trend by the hashtag #HowHardDidAgingHitYou has become popular where people posting their pictures from back in 2009 towards this present day, then comparing both photos. Stars such as Reese Witherspoon in her tweet below have discovered that she hasn’t aged at all over the past 10 years.

Participants post two images of themselves side by side taken 10 years apart with the hashtags #GlowUp and #10YearChallenge on Facebook and Instagram outsourcing on social media apparent changes in their facial appearance and how much they have grown up. While we move towards facial recognition, and it has become popular in the latest smartphone technology, ideally we would want to train the facial recognition algorithm to keep up to date with changes in facial appearance over a period of 10 years.

“Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you’d want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people’s pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years,” – Says Kate O’Neill Writer for Wired

Many people has argued that Facebook shares its first image from when the account is created as Facebook has access to a lot of your photos though users do not always upload in chronological order and some users can close and reopen their Facebook accounts. Even some users do not use their own image as a profile picture, sometimes they can be business logos, cartoon characters, animals and political messages. 

Facebook deny that they get involved in the commission of this project and this trend is going viral, though they see this as a benefit to “machine learning” in better improving AI. “This is a user-generated meme that went viral on its own. Facebook did not start this trend, and the meme uses photos that already exist on Facebook,” by Facebook.

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