This Google Art App Just Blew Up, Find Out Why

It looks as if Google is experimenting with almost every aspect of society these days. We have already reported on their secret Moonshot tank X and their villain fighting agency Jigsaw. Their latest offering comes in the shape of a face recognition tech that enables you to find out which famous poser on the art walls of galleries the world over you incarnate.

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It’s already found fans in celebrities like Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and actor Kumail Nanjiani, you can check out their art history twins above. All you have to do is take an original pic with the app and the app will do the rest of the work locating a face throughout time which closely resembles you. Called Google Arts & Culture, the selfie update that came in a couple weeks ago uses computer vision tech to analyse your face against thousands of art faces already bookmarked in its database.

They position the app as a type of curatorial technology that allows you to “meet the people, visit the places and learn about the events that shaped our world.” The app, which has been around since 2016 has already collaborated with over 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online and say the new update is purely experimental. The best thing about this piece of innovative technology is that it allows you to learn about the artist or the piece of art you were matched with. At least selfies can now be put to educational use.

As you can see it doesn’t always get you spot on. Since the new app update was integrated it has shot to the top of the iOS app store and for Android. So what are you waiting for? Find out who your Gothic or Byzantine doppelganger is now. Get it here. Please note the selfie mode is only available in the US right now. UK to follow.