Staff writer Tara Bahrampour is shown here in an actual photograph taken at her current age of 47. The images of later ages were produced using computer technology developed by researchers at Face Aging Group at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. (The Washington Post)

People don’t usually guess my age correctly, but the facial analysis program nailed it, down to a couple of months’ difference, which was impressive.

I think my weak spot in terms of aging is in the area under my eyes, so I’m not surprised that that area turns out to be my oldest-looking feature (though five years older seems a bit harsh!). I guess I was saved by the younger-looking cheek/jowl area, which brought my average to just around my chronological age.

Jay [Olshansky, co-developer of the facial recognition technology for estimating how long a person will live] warned me that seeing myself age-progressed by three decades might be shocking — he said he wouldn’t want to see himself as an older person — but it wasn’t as grim as I’d feared. However, I don’t quite feel I’m looking through a window into my future, because the way this face is aged looks pretty different from how my relatives have aged. It feels a bit too much like the current me with lines added, whereas I would expect some more subtle changes I’ve seen in family members, such as a lengthening of the nose or a deepening of the eyelids. However, I do recognize something of my father’s face in the rounded jawline.

The me-at-75 looks pensive and sad. I hope the real me won’t be. It might be tempting to have coffee with this woman and hear about how her life has gone, but I’m not generally someone who wants to know the plot of a novel before I’ve read it.