Your Art Selfie: The Google App Everyone Downloaded Over the Weekend


Your Art Selfie: The Google App Everyone Downloaded Over the Weekend

To find your fine art doppelganger, open the Google Arts & Culture app and scroll until you see the "Is your portrait in a museum?" feature. It was interesting to see how the IL law (as well as a similar Texas law) influenced Google's offering of a new facial recognition feature on the Google Arts & Culture app.

But if you're trying to access the app in Texas, you might notice that the popular feature is curiously missing.

Back in 2008, a law was passed in IL that made it so companies had to let users know when biometric data was being recorded and what it would be used for.

Jack Nicas, a tech reporter for the Wall Street Journal, says the app uses a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning to find the matches.

The law the report is referring to is the Biometric Information Privacy Act. After pressing "Get Started", the app launches the camera to allow the user to take a selfie.

But not in Texas.

According to The Chicago Tribune, it's because of the states' biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain "biometric identifiers" for commercial purposes. Research the person or work of art you were matched with and tell us: What did you learn from the Google app that matched your photo to a work of art? Everyone from Kristen Bell to Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani are snapping selfies with the app, which then matches them up with faces from museum artworks around the world.

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