Google Arts and Culture app adds new 'face match' feature

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While some have accused the app of being racist - its very limited catalogue of portraits of non-white subjects means users of color get extremely approximate matches - and others are frustrated at its seemingly arbitrary regional restrictions (the feature is not available to users in IL and Texas, and we've reached out to Google for an explanation), the feature is a runaway success.

A rep for Google says the face-matching feature is experimental, so it's not clear how long it will be available for.

The first thing you have to do is download the app, of course.

Explaining why the app is not available outside the app, a Google spokesperson told The Sun, "This is an experiment that's only available in parts of the United States right now, but we're glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art".

Though the viral new feature is restricted to the U.S., it can be accessed through VPNs in other regions as well. After installing the VPN app, "Switch Location" should be enabled to select the USA from the list. Make sure VPN is turned on and location should be set to the USA.

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So if you're looking to find your twin in a painting, this app is for you. The "selfie matching" feature should appear, provided your VPN is working.

I opened the menu on the left, which is full of stuff but doesn't have a "take selfie" option.

According to Google, the Google Arts & Culture app of pattern recognition to recognise face patterns and understand characteristics of different faces. Google has partnered with museums across the world for this app. You may need to tap through some menus to give the app access to your camera.

It's spawned think pieces and revealed Renoir or Degas dopplegangers for a slew of your friends, so you've also probably downloaded the app yourself, only to scroll in a desperate search for the feature.

Apps that involve uploading one's face, getting feedback and sharing the results aren't always a great idea.

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