Google launches new feature to find your pet’s lookalike in historical paintings

Google has launched a new feature that allows you to find your pet’s lookalike in historical paintings.

Part of the company’s “Arts and Culture” app, the tool uses artificial intelligence to scan to see if someone has painted an animal that resembles yours.

It could single out pets in everything from ancient Egyptian figurines to Mexican street art, Google said, as a result of its partnerships with several institutions around the world.

The feature works on dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles, horses or rabbits, Google says.

To use the feature, users simply download the app and submit their photo. But there is much more going on behind the scenes.

Computer vision algorithms first find the pet in the image and then crop it so that they are in the center. It then searches tens of thousands of different artworks to find the one that most resembles it.

It will then give its conclusion and show all the animals it has found that are similar to each other.

The feature builds on a version for humans released in 2018. Google said more than 120 million selfies have now been submitted as part of that feature.

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