Is Your Portrait Stored in Any of World's Top Museums? Ask Google

17 January, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Google Arts and Culture App facial recognition

The Google Arts and Culture app helps users explore museums, learn about famous artists and has details on art projects.

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.

Explaining why the app is not available outside the app, a Google spokesperson told The Sun, "This is an experiment that's only available in parts of the U.S. right now, but we're glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art".

American actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted: 'I mean, this google app that matches your face to a piece of fine art.

"Take a selfie and discover if your portrait is in a museum", the app's description says of its "Is your portrait in a museum?" project. It was not until last weekend that Google Arts & Culture started being downloaded and talked about en masse, courtesy a new update.

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Free-Photos / PixabayHow to use Google Arts & Culture app outside the U.S. Some people expressed skepticism over the privacy of the facial information users have been sending to Google. You may need to tap through some menus to give the app access to your camera.

Google, on the other hand, told MailOnline that they do not have any ulterior motive behind the new feature, and the uploaded images are being deleted after finding a match.

The Arts & Culture app also says in one of its prompts that Google "will only store your photo for the time it takes to search for matches". Once done, it will display the four best matched options to choose from. After scrolling past a few different featured stories, the white box surrounded by portraits appeared. Aha! The art doppelgangers are listed by descending order, showing the top matches first.

The only way you could have missed the onslaught of front-facing photographs side-by-side with paintings from Spain to France - and beyond - is if you happened to ignore social media.

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