It’s a long weekend in the U.S. (MLK Day) and Americans have found a new way to pass the time.
Google’s Arts and Culture app stormed to the top of the app charts as users suddenly figured out it had a fun new feature.
Although the app actually came out in 2016, Google added a feature in December that allows users to match their selfies with famous pieces of fine art.
After a user uploads a selfie, Google uses AI to create their “faceprint”. That faceprint is then compared with a database of over 70,000 works of art and Google provides some matches with a percentage showing how accurate the AI thinks it is.
The results are variably excellent, funny and terrible. Here are some examples:
— Film Roast (@filmroastshow) January 15, 2018
— Danil Chernyy (@DanilCh) January 13, 2018
I've been seeing this google arts and culture portrait match going around … Lol here goes! pic.twitter.com/xnXaTQz7jY
— Josh Cotton (@thedoodlingdino) January 15, 2018
I'm a study for death, and proud of it! pic.twitter.com/BLvvrjNe4R
— Lena Cuisine (@alenahelzer) January 14, 2018
— Moses Storm (@MosesStorm) January 13, 2018
WOW this Google Arts and Culture app that matches your selfie to art is so accurate it's scary!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Peiky9Qil8
— emkateultra (@emkateultra) January 15, 2018
Some celebs have been getting in on it too:
Hey this one ain’t so bad. pic.twitter.com/er0FxZNVO8
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 13, 2018
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 14, 2018
The bad news? The app is region locked and currently only available in parts of the U.S., but Google will hopefully roll out the feature internationally in the coming weeks.
Some have also moaned about Google being up to no good and storing people’s faces for illicit purposes.
Since Google pretty much know everything about you and have all your emails, a selfie probably won’t matter too much at this point. If you are a Google Photos user, you truly have nothing to fear. You are already property of Google.
Even if you can’t use the selfie feature yet, you should probably check out the app because it features loads of cool, educational stuff about art.
For example, you can zoom in on famous works of art, take a virtual tour of the Eiffel Tower or learn the hidden history of a painting.
I downloaded the Google Arts & Culture app so I could do the fun selfie game, but it's not available to me for some reason, so now I'm just stuck with this incredible educational resource that I can use at any time. Ugh!
— Natasha Negovanlis (@natvanlis) January 14, 2018
There were many great attempts with the app, but Netflix wins the internet today with this gem:
Lead image: Twitter @feliciaday