It is already a fact that robots are all around us. They drive, they cook and some of them are considered to be our companions. We might not give them much credit, if not at all when it comes to judging our beauty, but this might change soon.
This year, more precisely on 28th of January, the first international beauty contest with a jury made up exclusively of robots will be hosted. The contest requires that all participants make their photos with a special application and upload it to the competition’s dedicated website. The whole process will be working with sophisticated facial recognition algorithms that will allow robots to judge beauty in a way they never did before.
Alex Zhavoronkov, consultant and CEO of Insilco Medicine, a bioinformatics company focused on the aging process of people, believes that the recent advancement of the artificial intelligence made these types of recognition more accurate. However, the contest will not resume to participants just uploading selfies.
The goal is to make the robots understand beauty, and the contest is being sponsored by a massive anti-aging industry that wants to understand how youthfulness can be better monitored and implemented. Among the partners, there are a few big names like Microsoft, Nvidia and Youth Laboratories, as well as other and other companies in the same sphere.
Zhavoronkov hopes this competition will facilitate the launch of applications which will allow people to control the effects of various products (including cosmetics) on their faces and he feels that people are more concerned about their appearance rather than the quality of life in general. Experts plan to launch an application called RYNKL, which will allow the end-users to take standardized selfies periodically to analyze the changes in ‘wrinkleness’ of their face in the context of their lifestyle, behavior, and other interventions.
The competition is planned to take place every 6 months and several worldwide teams will be invited to test their robots. Alex Shevtsov, founder and CEO of Youth Laboratories, put the problem in an interesting way: “You may like your Tesla, but would you like your Tesla to like you?”
While people are probably not ready for a machine to give verdicts regarding their beauty, if things go well, in a few years the robots could understand even the skin-deep beauty. Until then, all photos for the competition must be natural: no make-up, no beards and no hats are allowed in the selfies.