Google’s museum app finds your fine art doppelgänger


If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a museum portrait somewhere that looks like you and you’re ready to have your ego crushed, there’s now an app for that. Google Arts & Culture’s latest update now lets you take a selfie, and using image recognition, finds someone in its vast art collection that most resembles you. It will then present you and your fine art twin side-by-side, along with a percentage match, and let you share the results on social media, if you dare. My Google Arts & Culture match is with a guy literally named Bourgeois A post shared by Steve Dent (@stevetdent) on Jan 15, 2018 at 1:43am PST The app is like an automated version of an article that circulated recently showing folks standing in front of portraits at museums. In many cases, the old-timey people in the paintings resemble them uncannily, but, other than in rare cases, that’s not the case at all with Google’s app. Google matched me with someone who doesn’t look like me in the slightest, a certain Sir Peter Francois Bourgeois, based on a painting hanging in Dulwich Picture Gallery. Taking a buzz around the internet, other folks were satisfied with their matches, some took them as a personal insult, and many were just plain baffled, in that order, as presented below. From all that, it’s pretty clear that deep learning systems like those from Google are great at matching individual details, but painfully miss the big picture. The left is from “Children Begging, ” from the second half of the 17th century. Anonymous painter, Italy. I can kind of see it #googleartsandculture A post shared by Avren Keating (@mxavren) on Jan 12, 2018 at 7:59am PST Nothing like a little self esteem boost from google arts and culture on a Saturday night — Amy Stone (@amyhannumstone) January 14, 2018 Cool 🙂 #googleartsandculture A post shared by BoyWonder (@boywonderrocks) on Jan 14, 2018 at 5:12am PST Via: GQ Source: Google Arts & Culture (Play Store)

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