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Google’s Arts & Culture App Under Fire For Not Being An ‘All-Inclusive’ Platform

The latest addition to the app lets the user match their selfies with renowned artworks from around the globe, essentially finding their museum-selfie doppelgänger

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Google’s art & culture app has been around for a few years now, however, it recently managed to cut a swath in the charts for the most trending apps for both Android and iOS. This surge in popularity came as a result of the latest addition to the app that provided its users the opportunity to match their selfies to faces in notable artworks, allegedly, from around the globe.

The software incorporates state of the art artificial intelligence and facial recognition algorithms that enable it to analyze the patterns in your face and compare these patterns with real paintings and photos from around the globe.

Rather unfortunately though, the art & culture app turned out to be a victim of its own success. A large number of users reported that the app is NOT an all-inclusive platform as it only uses popular art from North America, Europe, and Asia. As a result, people of Hispanic origin were unable to reap the full benefit of the latest addition to the app and were therefore disappointed.

However, in fairness, one must consider the fact that Google is still working on adding more artwork to the project and therefore future updates to the app would perhaps incorporate larger databases.

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Ashwin Malik

The author is intern with BW Businessworld

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