Google Arts & Culture App now Helps Find your Doppelganger from a Museum

Laverne Mann
January 16, 2018

Google is upgrading its Arts & Culture app to offer a new feature that makes use of facial recognition. The free Google Arts & Culture app has become the top app for iOS and Android as users seek out to find a photo that matches a selfie they take.

If you think millennials taking selfies is vain and self-centered, just remember that for hundreds of years, people sat for hours for massive, expensive oil portraits of themselves, usually to hang in their own homes. Google's app became the most-downloaded free app on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, claiming the No. 1 spot in the United States on 13 January, according to the app metrics site AppAnnie.

The Google Arts & Culture app is part of the Google Cultural Institute, which provides information about artists, scientists and historical figures from 1,000 institutions worldwide. Here's what you need to know about it.

Still, even if it doesn't deliver some kind of mind-blowing match each time you run a selfie through the service, what results is a pretty fun and addicting romp through the world of classic art.

Various people expressed concern that Google was using the app to hoover up information about people's faces, and use those pictures for other purposes. Once you install the app, scroll down for the "Is your portrait in a museum?" game. The popup is accompanied by "Get Started".

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Agree to let Google analyse your photo.

Browse through the artwork and notice each piece's percentage match.

Take a selfie and allow the app will scan the image. Unsurprisingly, this new functionality has taken the internet by storm, receiving a lot of attention on social media over the weekend.

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