By now, you've probably heard of the Google Arts and Culture app. Its newest feature matches you with your art history doppelgänger, and the response to it has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Screenshots of it have been dominating social media feeds since it was released, and the app's fame has grown so large that even celebrities are getting in on the fun.
If you’re still unfamiliar with the Google Arts and Culture app, here’s how it works. Within the app, select the feature that allows you to “search art with your selfie.” Then, snap your photo and wait for the technology to perform its magic. Your look-alike portraits will then be revealed—some that bear an uncanny resemblance and others… not so much. This unpredictability is what makes the app so amusing to use—you don’t know exactly what you’ll get when you submit your selfie.
Getting either a spot-on or a hilariously bad portrait pairing is a badge of honor; one that famous folks such as Kristen Bell, Constance Wu, and Zach Braff are eager to share with their massive social media followings. In displaying their results, it shows that this app doesn’t play favorites just because you’re a superstar. Bell reveals that she got August Manns by artist John Pettite, which is a portrait of a stately gentlemen figure who’s going bald. Her response? “Dead on.”