Saturday, December 16, 2006

Who Does Rob Potter Look Like?

OK, this is awesome. I was looking at my friend Leah's Weblog, and she had this cool celebrity look alike function.

So I tried it on my photo, but it was not very funny. Depending on the picture, I looked like Serena Williams or Matt Damon, both of whom are a stretch. Two different pictures of me had me most resembling Queen Latifah. When people meet me in person, they are often surprised that I am not an African-American female.

Being a jerk, I decided to try my friends. First was Indiana professor Rob Potter. I think this was the priceless match of all time, so I have stopped here. Judge for yourself. I think they are all excellent matches. I have met at least one of Rob's parents, but I cannot remember whether it was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Cameron Diaz.

I suppose the take-away point is that facial recognition is a damned hard computational challenge.

Update: Just when you think this thing flatters you, it does not. Two of my photos have matched Matt Damon. Cool, right? But then the second photo also matches Vladimir Lenin and Britney Spears. Damnit!


Blogger IUAngelini said...

I definitely see the similarities between Rob Potter and Halle Berry!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've met Rob and you are all wrong! He looks like Bill Gates.

Matt Damon??????? thinks not.

Britney..........with or without her panties??

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought he looked like Halle Berry, too!

10:49 AM  

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