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21 times Google Arts tried to match selfies with artwork (but kinda failed)

Bless Google‘s little heart. It tries so hard to not be evil, but still develops AI that pretends it knows what it’s doing (and gathers a slew of selfies in the process for its facial recognition savvy). What am I talking about? Google Arts & Culture, of course.

The app is only available in parts of the United States for now, but has nonetheless seen something of a viral boom on Twitter this past weekend.

In essence, the app allows users to upload their selfies to Google’s cloud. It then finds a piece of art that it believes most accurately matches their face. Sometimes it works, sometimes it really, really doesn’t.

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See what we mean?

Often, the app gets faces completely right, spitting out an uncanny portrait of doppelgangers and what could be long lost relatives. But more often than not, it fails. Miserably.

Here are 20 additional examples of Google Arts doing just that.

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If you’re in the US, you can access the app for Android an iOS here.

Feature image: screenshot, Google Arts & Culture

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