Fetch!, a strange single-use app which claims to be able to tell you what kind of dog you look like, is taking social media by storm.
The app scans images uploaded by users, and through the magic of technology manages to determine what kind of dogs are present in them - obviously, it works fairly well on pictures of canines, but it really comes into its own when you upload human faces.
I stayed up too late putting pictures of Broadway composers in that dog app. pic.twitter.com/ZSyuk88YgB— A.S. Paul (@aspaul) February 12, 2016
The app also gives a short list of characteristics for each dog breed, which are often fairly accurate.
According to Fetch!, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is a "smart," "feisty" and "vocal" minature schnauzer.
Jeremy Hunt, health secretary and nemesis of junior doctors everywhere is apparently an "independent-minded, willful" siberian husky who can "run all day."
Justin Bieber is a "bossy but charming" minature pinscher.
Kanye West is a "smart, athletic and independent-minded" dutch shepherd dog.
And Boris Johnson is a pekingese with an "imperial mind-set" and a "surprisingly strong body" - we couldn't possibly comment on that last part.
While developing Fetch!, the creators gave the app thousands of images of different breeds, allowing the program to 'learn' the unique characteristics and qualities on the face of each dog.
It's something humans do automatically, but it's a huge challenge for a machine - Fetch! might be good for generating laughs now, but in the decades to come, artificially intelligent programs which can assess the world as we do could radically change almost everything.Reuse content