Google's app, one of many from the internet giant, is created to introduce the world to fine art, but a feature that's not prominently displayed now allows users to take a selfie, and compare themselves to works of great art.
It's the latest version of an app from Google that has gone viral because it can find "your portrait", or something that looks like you, hanging in a museum.
When I first opened the app, I didn't really know what to do or where to go.
The app is only available in some parts of the United States, which luckily includes us here in San Diego.
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The No. 1 free app in the country gives you both the chance to appreciate some fine art and have a laugh while you're doing it.
A user can take a selfie in the app, and this feature then uses computer vision technology to match this picture with a portrait in a museum.
If you live somewhere that doesn't have access to the feature just yet, a good way to stay aware of when it's coming your way is by following the Google Arts & Culture account on Twitter.
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But before this troubling 21st century invention is inevitably turned against us, some of us are having a little fun with it. Case in point: The Google Arts and Culture app, which now sits atop download charts because of a function that allows users to find their doppelgangers in the collections of the world's great art museums. Once it's installed, fire it up and scroll down until you see "Is your portrait in a museum?" Google has partnered with museums across the world for this app.
In all seriousness, the processing time is minimal and there's a hilarious moment of suspense as you wait for the app to tell you which art work your face most closely resembles. The app would need access to the front camera to click a photo.
The app also displays the percentage of match for each image. Since Monday, social media has been clogged with people posting their museum-portrait doppelgängers with a mixture of delight and disgust.
I opened the menu on the left, which is full of stuff but doesn't have a "take selfie" option.
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