This Google Arts & Culture App Meme is Quite Good

Isaac Cain
January 16, 2018

If you download the app (or apply the new update, assuming you already had the app installed), you can share a selfie and have the app attempt to find your fine art doppelgänger. Oh what price vanity, etc etc...

We understand that's because it's still experimental and has been region-blocked - specifically it's limited to the USA right now.

Google Arts and Culture is a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices as well as Cardboard and Daydream devices.

After snapping a quick shot of yourself, the app generates five results that it believes look just like you and a percentage to give you an idea of how close it came to finding a duplicated depiction. The feature appears to be limited to the USregion, but if you still want to use it, you most probably use a VPN and select your location to the US. As is shown when the app is doing its processing, it's basically using measurements on your face (which shouldn't change regardless of how you hold your head), then using those numbers against its library of paintings.

The app takes facial features from uploaded photos and searches for those characteristics in famous paintings - and it's surprisingly accurate.

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A new feature will allow you to take a selfie and Google will match you with a lookalike from the art world.

To use the feature is simple.

What is Google's Arts and Culture app? However, even with all those moves, I continued to get similar results.

There are two big problems people point to: the app doesn't work in many countries, and people are anxious that their face is being secretly transferred into a database. It should be noted that this functionality is only available in the United States for now, but we'll likely see it come to other regions before long.

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