Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme Right? Maybe Not!

Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ Is Much More Than Just A Challenge

The first major internet fad of 2019 is a “challenge” is here. The Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ is just a harmless meme right? Maybe not!

The 10-Year Challenge, or the 2009 vs. 2019 Challenge, or the ‘How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge’, whatever you want to call it, is simple: You post a photo of yourself in 2009 next to a photo of yourself in 2019. The meme started to take off after the start of the new year, largely on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. At its core, the 10-Year Challenge is a socially acceptable way to brag about how you used to be, how you are now, or how you were and continue to be. Whatever it is, people have begun to claim that there is much more to the Facebook’s 10 Year Challenge.

All of this data could be mined to train facial recognition algorithms to better understand changes in facial structure, contours, skin colour and ageing. Most people show significant differences in how they look if one is to consider a 10-year period. That helps AI learn better the fine art of age progression in humans.

“Let’s just imagine that you wanted to, say, train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics. You’d ideally want a broad and rigorous data set with lots of people’s pictures. It’d help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart — say 10 years,” says Kate O’Neill, author of Tech Humanist, in a tweet.

On its part, Facebook has come out with a clarification that it has had nothing to do with the 10-year challenge trending on social networks such as Facebook, the Facebook-owned Instagram and even Twitter, for that matter. “The 10 year challenge is a user-generated meme that started on its own, without our involvement. It’s evidence of the fun people have on Facebook, and that’s it,” says the social network, in an official statement.

Sites like Instagram & Reddit are exploding with posts that call for greater public awareness about the impacts of climate change. While the original challenge is meant to provide a visual representation of the way someone has matured or changed, the climate-change versions impart a vital serious message:

This is an amazing turn to the 10 year challenge!

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