‘Sup Dog? Children’s Book Character/Canine Comparisons
When I stumbled across what-dog.net, I was curious. Could it really give a dog breed comparison for any picture?
Initiate children’s book blogger mode.
Phase One: Do a test run on myself:
As much as I hate to admit it, this is exactly spot on and I am now certain this thing is incredible. This is the AI we need.
Phase Two: See if the site could identify dogs featured in children’s books.
Hmm, okay I think city dog is a beagle (right?) but this Rhodesian Ridgeback looks pretty close. Maybe this site isn’t quite as good as I gave it credit for initially.
Phase Three: The Ultimate Test: See what breed it assigns to the Shel Silverstein author photo on the back of The Giving Tree.
Phase Four: But what does it say about Honest Abe?
Alright, there might not be much resemblance, but get a load of that description! I dare say that truer words have never been said.
Phase Five: Try it on a bunch of iconic children’s book faces.
Agile, loving with family – I think Ella would be good with this one.
Can’t say the look is spot on, but how about that description? I feel I have happened upon a new form of horoscope or something.
Okay, what-dog.net – you’ve lost all credibility. Blog post over.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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