[ by Charles Cameron — cross-posted from Sembl.net ]
Google, apparently, has an app that some people, apparently, believe responds to a selfie with a same-looking portrait from one of the world’s great museum collections. It is, in short, a Sembl-like app for faces. Uh-oh.
The Washington Post titled their piece on the topic Somewhere in the world, there’s a painting that looks like you. And Google will find it.
Though the Google Arts & Culture app has been available since 2016, the find-your-art-lookalike feature was released with its latest update in mid-December. …
“We’re always trying to figure out cool and interesting ways to get people talking about art, and this was one of them,” Lenihan said.
In recent days, scores of people — including plenty of celebrities — have shared their often hilarious results on social media, helping Google Arts & Culture climb the App Store’s charts to become the most downloaded free app.
I thought most of the examples shown disproved the assertion in the WP post’s title. TThe museum items Google suggested didn’t look anytthing like the selfies people had submitted. My apologies. Until I saw Sarah Lyn Rogers‘s tweeted example:
O wow uncanny pic.twitter.com/MFY2nDbyFB
— Sarah Lyn Rogers (@sarahlynwrites) January 14, 2018
Sembl! That really does strike me as a fine case of resemblance!