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Friday, February 29, 2008

Microsoft Patents Shallow, Potentially Hilarious Technology for Lonely People

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 1:47 PM

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A new Microsoft patent surfaced yesterday that will make it easier for users of online dating sites to immediately judge and discard potential dates by their appearance. The patent is for something called Image-Based Face Search, which does exactly what it sounds like. Say you have a hankering to go out with somebody who looks likes Danny Devito. Using Microsoft's handy app you could upload a picture of Danny which would then be compared to millions of photos, filtering them for the closest matches. Users would also be able to rate the pictures returned to them, down to their liking of individual facial features such as eyes and lips to refine their searches. Just when you thought dating couldn't get any more clinical or calculated: Microsoft! -Andy Wright

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