Scientists age the face of Britain's Prince George from a child through to a 60-year-old man. Matthew Stock reports.
INTRO: Scientists age the face of Britain's Prince George from a child through to a 60-year-old man, and say their software is more accurate than current face prediction programs. Matthew Stock reports. He's probably the most recognised toddler in the world. But what will Prince George look like in the years to come? According to UK scientists, this is how he'll look aged 7... aged 20... and aged 40. Finally here's a 60-year-old Prince George - or perhaps King George VII by that time. Their system analyses various facial features - like nose length and width, and distance between eyes - and can combine it with similar data from parents and other relatives. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HASSAN UGAIL, PROFESSOR OF VISUAL COMPUTING AT UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD, SAYING: "So we take these - roughly 30 to 40 facial features we take from the face - and we use these facial features; we map it into the machine and then we produce the age. So what we've done in the case of George, we've taken his picture and then we've actually taken facial features and then aged him. We've also, in some experiments, what we've done is we've taken the parental information and then also applied the parental information and aged him as well." The team also aged George's little sister, Princess Charlotte. The software assumes a 'natural age progression', not taking into account factors such as environment and diet. They say the results are about 80 percent accurate, though the hairstyles are just for illustration. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HASSAN UGAIL, PROFESSOR OF VISUAL COMPUTING AT UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD, SAYING: "For the accuracy, what we do is, every image we generate, every age progression or de-age we do, we make sure for a given picture, for a given image, that it actually passes a face recognition test. So what it means, is like if I were to age you from where you are now to, say, ten years ahead; we'd take your current picture, your current facial features and we'll pass it through a face recognition test. And then we also make sure that our predicted picture also passes through a face recognition test." The team want to use their technology to help police find missing children and say it's more accurate than existing ageing methods. Only time will tell how accurate their predictions are. But the team are confident that they've revealed a face fit for a king.