Google has really tapped into something with the new feature on its arts and culture app, which uses image-recognition software and a database of paintings from museums across the world to find users’ painting double.
Social media feeds have been inundated with posts of the pairings, and celebrities including Kristen Bell and Kumail Nanjiani have shared their dopplegangers.
Now the Atlanta Hawks have played around with it, too. The sports organization used its players' media day photos to see who Google thought they most resembled.
Some of the players were matched with notable figures, such as DeAndre' Bembry with Jimi Hendrix, Miles Plumlee with Henry V and Isaiah Taylor with John Coltrane.
The subject pairings for Mike Muscala, John Collins and Dennis Schroder were much more obscure, getting matched with “portrait of an unknown French Nobleman,” “unknown” and “man,” respectively.
Take a gander at the rest here. Then think about what Google’s version of the Hawks would look like dribbling down the court at Philips Arena.
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The Google Arts & Culture app is available on Android and iOS, but unavailable in Texas and Illinois. It was the top free app on both app stores earlier this month.
To get started, open the Culture app and scroll down in the main feed until you see the virtual card for painting matching. Google says in the app it will not keep your selfie for longer than it takes to find a match.
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A new Google app is making waves on social media. The Google Arts & Culture app can match a selfie to a portrait. The app uses image-recognition techniques to find your selfie's portrait double. According to Recode, Google says this feature is experimental.