Last year Google launched AI Experiments that showcased its artificial intelligence research through web apps that anyone could use. The project was meant to make machine learning technology more accessible to people who are interested in AI but do not have the technical background. As a part of its AI Experiments collection, the search engine giant has created AutoDraw, a new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by artists to help people draw on their phones, tablets or computers.
The company states that the inspiration of AutoDraw is from QuickDraw, a game that is a part of AI Experiments, built with machine learning. Quick draw would give the user 20 seconds to draw an object and the neural network would try to guess the drawing/ doodle. The idea was for teaching neural networks to recognize doodles, and create a huge doodle repository to help with machine learning in the future.
AutoDraw’s suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what the user is trying to draw. Right now, Google states that it can guess hundreds of drawings and it looks forward to adding more over time. As soon as the user starts making doodles/ drawings on the blank space, the software tries to recognize the structures and starts giving suggestions in the form of small pictures. The user then has to chose from the suggested images/ pictures which is closest to what is being drawn.
Google states that as it is a machine learning tool, it will keep on absorbing more and more drawings and designs as well as predictive analysis in an effort to better itself. Currently, what the tool does is convert the users’ doodles into professional finished drawings.