Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Jamie Dornan is a Golden Retriever? What dog do you look like? Microsoft's new Fetch! app could have the answer

Published 15/02/2016

Jamie Dornan: Golden Retriever
Jamie Dornan: Golden Retriever
Theresa Villiers: Collie
Rory McIlroy: Dutch Shepherd
Nigel Dodds: Bull Terrier
Madonna: Shetland Sheepdog
Hillary Clinton: Irish Water Spaniel
Gerry Adams: Basset Hound
Enda Kenny: Siberian Husky
Beyonce: Poodle
Donald Trump: Giant Schnauzer
Putin: German Shepherd
Mike Nesbitt: Basset Hound
Martin McGuinness: Bluetick Coonhound
Liam Neeson: German Shepherd
Justin Bieber: Doberman
David Ford: Beagle
Colum Eastwood: Boerboel
Bono: Brussel Griffon
Bernie Sanders: Giant Schnauzer
Arlene Foster: Labrador Retriever

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.

Just like last year's Microsoft How Old Am I app which could detect how old you were from a picture, the app has really taken off on Twitter, where users have been fervently sharing their results.

The app also gives a short list of characteristics for each dog breed, which are often fairly accurate. The app is obviously just a bit of fun, but there's some interesting and important tech behind it - the app uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to make its decisions.

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.

We've tried a few famous faces in the gallery above.

Fetch! is available for free on Apple's App Store, but you can also use it on all platforms by going to What-Dog.net.

Independent

Independent News Service

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More