Google has made several announcements related to artificial intelligence lately, including the development of AI that can talk like humans, a project for AI that can beat humans at real-time strategy video game StarCraft and the hiring of two researchers in the field to lead Google Cloud's machine learning unit.
Another move that Google has made is the release of several AI experiments online that users can try out, one of which is a fun little game called Quick, Draw!
What Is Quick, Draw! All About?
Upon accessing the Quick, Draw! website, users are greeted with a simple landing page that asks whether a neural network can learn to recognize doodles.
"See how well it does with your drawings and help teach it, just by playing," the landing page goes on to say.
Upon clicking the "let's draw" button, users will be prompted to draw an object onscreen, and the neural network will try to correctly identify the object being drawn. The drawing does not have to be perfect, with the objects ranging from the simplest of shapes to more complicated items.
After six drawings, the game will summarize the results. It will show the drawings that the AI correctly identified and those that it had trouble with, and clicking on each drawing will show the other objects that the AI recognized it as and how other players drew that particular object.
The Neural Network Behind Quick, Draw!
Playing the game shows users how neural networks learn in identifying text and objects in images, which is one of the most commons uses of the technology in platforms such as Google Photos and Facebook.
As the game calls out objects it sees as the player's drawing takes shape, users are left thinking what they could add to the drawing so that Quick, Draw! can identify it as the correct object. The post-game analysis, showing the other objects that it associated with the drawing, will also help the AI to learn from the mistakes that it made and make improvements to its guesses as more players try it.
Other Google AI Experiments
For users who would like to try out more experiments by Google on AI, there are several more that can be accessed on a dedicated webpage linking to the projects.
Other experiments that Google has made accessible are A.I. Duet, which plays a few notes based on the ones that a user plays beforehand; Giorgio Cam, which detects objects shown through a smartphone camera and transforms them into song lyrics; and Thing Translator, which uses Google Translate to reveal the name of objects in various languages.