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The Future of Beauty Pageants is Robot Judges

Metallic swimsuit? Check. Evening gown with GPS? Check. Ventriloquist dummy that looks like BB-8? Check. It sounds like you’re ready to compete in the first ever international beauty pageant that will be judged solely by robots. Take that, Steve Harvey!

According to its press release, the pageant is organized by the Youth Laboratories collective, a team of biogerontologists and data scientists who believe that:

… in the near future machines will be able to get a lot of vital medical information about people’s health by just processing their photos, to develop a set of algorithms that can accurately evaluate the criteria linked to perception of human beauty and health where it is most important – the human face.


Using the app, contestants submit selfies to the three robot judges who will evaluate “symmetry, skin color, wrinkles and many other beauty, youthfulness and health parameters.” Then they’ll compare the contestants within their race, age group and sex. That’s right – guys can enter too.

Are these two trying a little too hard?

Are these two contestants trying a little too hard?

Youth Laboratories collective co-founder Alexey Shevtsov says the pageant has backing from Microsoft, NVIDIA and other tech companies (good luck if you’re in Mrs. Bill Gates’ age group) with this goal:

To bring together some of the most advanced humans – those who are interested in robot opinion and those developers, who are building intelligent systems to understand the beauty function.

Wait a minute … doesn’t that sound like they’re building a dating service for programmers?

Do you feel your intelligence is superior to your looks? Then enter the separate pageant for AI developers and submit a similar algorithm for judging human appearance. The prize includes the chance to work with anti-aging and skin care companies that are partners with’s altruistic claim is that the software used and developed will eventually help people evaluate their appearance for signs of health issues and aging concerns.

What do you think? Is this robot-judged beauty pageant Miss Universe 2.0? An innovative way to detect skin problems? A creepy cover for testing facial recognition software? Something else?

It needs a talent competition!

It needs a talent competition!

If you’re interested, the entry deadline for selfies is January, 15, 2016; for algorithms it’s January, 20, 2016. Winners will be announced by January, 28, 2016.

Excuse me while go I comb my hair.