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Twitter is going nuts for a Google app that matches selfies to fine art

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:

Some celebs have been getting in on it too:

Fuck off, Google.

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This arts and culture app is amazing! Mirror image

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Huh. That was fun.

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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.

There were many great attempts with the app, but Netflix wins the internet today with this gem:

It’s called art, sweetie

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