Tech: Take a selfie — it’s a matter of life and death

Software that can read the lines on your face is set to turn the calling card of self‑obsessed Millennials into a tool for the insurance industry. 

The selfie, that most Millennial form of self-obsession, is about to grow up and get a serious job — in the life insurance industry, of all places. Last week I handed a selfie to a company that claimed it could divine my future by feeding one through an artificial intelligence-powered photo-analysis program.

I was sceptical, not least because the California sun is causing my face to prune. The program, created by an American company, Lapetus, concluded I was two months older than I was (blame the wrinkles) and gauged, accurately, that I was underweight. I cycle a lot.

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