People have often wondered how it is that a human face can look different from other human faces but yet is easily recognized as being the same face for one person from their birth well into their old age. We turn to genetics to answer this question, but computer algorithms can also answer this question due to their sophisticated growth. Genes play a part in the skull shape as well as the control of the facial muscles.
Now, however, researchers are also able to explore what the variety of expressions a person has is linked to their identity. Now these researchers are able to use applications that help them determine how a younger person will look in their old age to even being able to electronically enhance and modify the faces of actors on screen.
This s will be helpful to applications that create augmented reality and virtual reality. One example of how this is used is in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in which the main character aged backwards.
There is a chance that facial characteristics could play a role in political races. A study conducted by Carmen Lefevre at the Northumbria University that found facial shape, the width-to-height ratio does have a part in influence on a politician’s electability.
One example of this is President John F. Kennedy as some people think that he is one of the more attractive Presidents of the United States.
This same computer algorithm has been used to see how Anne Frank, the teenage Holocaust victim, would looked at the age of 80 had she survived. This can also help in missing person cases because it could show how the person may look years after they have been missing.