Your Artwork Selfie: The Google App Everybody Downloaded

Angelica Greene
January 21, 2018

"At Google Arts & Culture, our software engineers are always experimenting with new and creative ways to connect you with art and culture".

Like Flappy Bird and Angry Birds before it, Google's Arts & Culture app and its "Is your face in a museum?" feature has gone viral. The Arts & Culture app does tell users that it scans their face and consent must first be given before the feature will work. It pulls from Google's digital collection of artworks from museums around the world.

This app isn't being rolled out in these states because of privacy law. But users - even some big names such as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, musician Pete Wentz, and actors Felicia Day and Kumail Nanjiani - shared their results on news feeds.

On Wednesday, Google said people have taken more than 30 million selfies on the app.

Using artificial intelligence, after you take a photo, the app matches your facial features with a famous painting.

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According to TechCrunch, the feature is experimental and is available only in the USA for now.

However, Google has reassured people that it isn't using their data for nefarious purposes.

One wonders whether Google meant to send a veiled message to state legislatures (particularly Illinois) - if you enact biometrics laws that give rise to endless litigation, residents of your state may not be offered all of the benefits of certain new technologies. Microsoft's What Dog app can identify and classify dogs based on photos uploaded to the app.

Additionally, the app allows you to to explore the history of the paintings and information on the artists.

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