Google Can Now Tell You What Famous Artwork You Look Like

6th September 2018

Google claims that despite requiring selfies to be sent through its computer servers, user privacy is not compromised.

Google's wildly popular Art Selfie tool has been made available in Europe, meaning people in Malta can finally find out if they look more like a Caravaggio or a Botticelli.

The feature comes with Google's Arts and Culture app and has been available in the US since earlier this year.

After the user takes a selfie, the app crawls thousands of historical artworks, allowing people to find their doppelganger in art history.

To try it out for yourself, download the Google Arts & Culture app from either Google Play or Apple's App Store, open it, and scroll down to the Art Selfie section.

Then it's simply a matter of taking a self-portrait on your smartphone and letting Google's technology to find your lookalike.

Google claims that despite requiring selfies to be sent through its computer servers, user privacy is not compromised.

"When you take a photo with this feature, your photo is sent to Google to find artwork that look like you," the company says. "Google won't use data from your photo for any other purpose and will only store your photo for the time it takes to search for matches."

The Google Arts and Culture app has been downloaded more than 5 million times through the Google Play app store. Its stated aim is to make art available to a wider audience by providing worldwide access through a smartphone.


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