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Google unveils a bunch of AI Experiments, including one that can recognize your doodles

While Google is integrating machine learning in almost all of its products, it is now looking to introduce its artificial intelligent technology to new avenues. Thus, the tech behemoth has today released a cohort of fresh AI experiments such as Thing Translator and AI Duet, among others for the general public to try out and get acquainted with the benefits of the tech.

One of these powerful and fun web-based experiments is called Quick Draw. This primary aim of this game is to draw the things that the website prompts you to, in 20 seconds or under. You are required to use your mouse(on a desktop) or simply your finger(on a touch device) to draw the words or phrases which the neural network powering this platform will try to recognize — in real time.

Once the system has recognized that the object you’ve drawn matches with the word shown before, you’re moved to the next word. The website enables you to test your drawing skill six items at a time. But you can always restart and play this creative game again. However, don’t expect it to spew out the correct outcome every time as the neural network has currently been trained to recognize only over a 100 different concepts.

For example, if you’re trying to draw an apple then the machine learning algorithms will read and analyse the path you followed to draw it. The underlying AI system will try to guess what you drew. This AI-powered web app works in real-time and tries to make an informed guess the moment you start drawing. This means the system will try to guess a ball, or orange the instant you draw a circle-shaped object.

Though the concept of this game is a pretty simplistic but you still need to rack your brains and draw a picture that is recognizable by the neural network. And this is one of the highlights of the game which makes it fun to try out again and again. This also informs us, users, of the development of machine learning techniques which can now be used to successfully recognize drawings/images in real-time.

The blurb on the Google AI experiments website describes ‘Quick Draw’ as under:

This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. Of course, it doesn’t always work. But the more you play with it, the more it will learn. So far we have trained it on a few hundred concepts, and we hope to add more over time. We made this as an example of how you can use machine learning in fun ways.


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