Google’s AutoDraw tool turns human doodles into art works

Search engine giant Google known for plowing massive investments in AI is back in the news for its new kind of drawing tool – the AutoDraw. Pegged as another AI experiment, AutoDraw clubs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. According to Google, it works anywhere right from phones, to tablets, laptops and even desktops.

The tool was created by Dan Motzenbecker and Kyle Phillips at the Google Creative Lab and its suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what the person trying to draw.

Interestingly, Quick Draw was a game built with machine learning wherein the neural network tries to guess what the person is drawing. Dubbed as a flawed experiment, since the predictons weren’t always correct, the project was a stepping stone for AutoDraw.  Birthed again at the Google Creative Lab and Data Arts Team, the Quick Draw tool was created by Jonas Jongejan, Henry Rowley, Takashi Kawashima, Jongmin Kim, Nick Fox-Gieg.

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AutoDraw is dubbed as a collaborative tool between machine learning and the artists’ community, which means designers, illustrators, and artists can also submit their own drawings. According to news reports, Google claims that the tool can accurately guess over hundreds of different drawings or doodles and in the future, the company plans to train its AI more about human-made doodles. Whether or not the tool can be monetized is something to be seen though.

Google’s investment in machine learning technology is paying off and if AutoDraw, a tool that converts human doodles into art form takes off it could change the face of creative arts and education sector as well. Experts believe the tool is quite simple to use and even allows users to share their artwork on social media.


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Richa Bhatia
Richa Bhatia is a seasoned journalist with six-years experience in reportage and news coverage and has had stints at Times of India and The Indian Express. She is an avid reader, mum to a feisty two-year-old and loves writing about the next-gen technology that is shaping our world.

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