Pet portraits Google

Google is always throwing interesting things at its Arts & Culture app. Now, the company is adding a new feature called Pet Portraits that uses an algorithm to find artwork that closely resembles your furry friend.

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Before this Pet Portrait feature rolled out, Google had a cool feature called Art Selfie that used machine learning to scan pictures of humans to match them with famous pieces of art. The company says that over 120 million selfies have been taken so far.

The new feature brings similar technology to pets, so if you’ve ever wondered whether your pet looks like a famous work of art (let’s be honest, we all think our pets are works of art in their own right). Google says the new feature can be used to scan the images of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles, horses, or rabbits. Your pet will be matched with ancient Egyptian figurines, vibrant Mexican street art, serene Chinese watercolors, and other works of art.

To access the new feature, you’ll need to use the Google Arts & Culture app and then go to the rainbow camera tab. From there, you can check pictures of your pets against Google’s art database to see if there’s a match and how close the match is.

For my dog (he’s a small mixed breed), Google closely matched him to a painting of a greyhound (he looks nothing like a greyhound), so your mileage may vary in terms of accuracy.

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