Pictionary with Google AI

With a new collection of eight experiments, Google is opening up its artificial intelligence research to the masses.

Encompassing a few different areas of AI research, the various experimentsallow you to play, draw and type along as the computer attempts to guess what you’re up to. The goal is two-fold: allow the uninitiated to experience AI for themselves, and help train the AI. Every time you participate in one of the experiments, you add a little more data to help the computer fine-tune its decision-making algorithms.

For example, in the drawing experiment, you’re asked to sketch six objects and given 20 seconds to do so. As you doodle, the computer guesses what you’re drawing, based on its previous experience. Both correct and false guesses strengthen its confidence, and make it just that much more likely to pick the right answer next time.

A “Giorgio Cam” combines image recognition with musical creation. Take a picture of an object, and the AI will guess what it is, and then set its guess to a beat courtesy of legendary Italian electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Each guess is accompanied by percentage indicating how confident the program is that its guess is correct.

Another experiment explores sonic inputs, grouping a variety of everyday sounds by similarities to form a cloud of interrelated clicks, clangs and crackles. Using the simple controls at the bottom, users can loop various combinations of sounds to create their own naturally-sourced beats.