Day: November 10, 2021

Google Arts & Culture app’s new feature finds art lookalikes for your pet

The Google Arts & Culture app has been updated to be able to identify photos of animals, find paintings that are reportedly similar to said animals, and then show you said artwork. It leaves something to be desired.

The app’s new Pet Portraits feature operates in much the same way as the old Art Selfie feature from 2018. Simply download the Google Arts & Culture app, hit the camera button at the bottom of the screen, select the green Pet Portraits filter, then take a photo of your pet. You can also upload a picture from your album, if your cat isn’t feeling particularly photogenic.

From there, Google’s trained computer vision algorithm will evaluate the image to determine what type of creature it’s looking at, before a machine learning algorithm sifts through tens of thousands of artworks to find animals that “look most similar.”

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