Google Arts & Culture App Now Matches Your Selfie To Famous Paintings

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The Google Arts and Culture app is over two years old, but it's suddenly taken the smartphone world by storm, thanks to the discovery of a quietly added update - a selfie feature.

Google's Arts & Culture launched on iOS and Android in July 2016.

The app is free, and similar to Google Photos in that Google's use of artificial intelligence invites users to search through thousands of images, and have them discovered in seconds.

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 pulls from Google's digital collection of artworks from museums around the world.

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 USA right now, but we're glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art". However, do not open the app immediately after downloading. On Tuesday morning, the app was No. 1 in both stores, so it should be easy to find.

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If you're desperate for a try but can't download the app, try signing up to a VPN with a USA exit node. So for those want to see if there is a painting somewhere that looks like them, this app is a good bet. Users will have to give this app access to the front camera in order to allow the selfies. Once it's installed, fire it up and scroll down until you see "Is your portrait in a museum?"

Google said the experimental feature uses computer vision technology to scan facial features and extract data to match with paintings.

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".

As a Texan who loves art and selfies, I feel personally snubbed by Google. Once a match is made, people then have the option to share the findings on social media.

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