Static Block: A look at AI

When people think of Artificial Intelligence they immediately think of huge budget Sci-Fi movies like Terminator, iRobot, and Ex Machina. While these Sci-Fi movies are very entertaining, they also give AI the negative connotation synonymous with an attack on human welfare, but I assure you no matter how snarky Siri may seem she is not plotting the downfall of mankind. At least, not yet. Here’s a question: when you hear the term “Artificial Intelligence” have you ever thought of games? Well, Google has launched a new website, htps://!!! They have posted quite a few experiments that play as games where you can explore machine learning by playing with pictures, language, and code. Here are my top favorite games on the site.




  1. Giorgio Cam

Giorgio Cam is an experiment built by Eric Rosenbaum and Yotam Mann using MaryTTS, Tone.js, and Google Cloud Vision API.  The game with machine learning where you take pictures and make the computer try to guess what the picture is and create lyrics to the futuristic music of Giorgio Moroder. It’s easy and fun to play, just make sure your webcam is enabled for the site or the game will not work!




  1. Thing Translator

Thing translator is a GREAT experiment built by Dan Motzenbecker using Google’s Cloud Vision API and Translate API. It works like a translator where you take a picture of something and the AI pronounces it in a different language. Great news is the code is open source and I can really see this code being used in an app for travels or language learners. You’ll never have to wonder “How do you say…”




  1. Quick, Draw!

Quick, Draw! is easily the most enjoyable game and has a high replayability. Built by Jonas Jongejan, Henry Rowley, Takashi Kawashima, Jongmin Kim, and Nick Fox-Gieg with friends at Google Creative Lab and Data Arts Team. You have up to 20 seconds to draw the picture and the AI has to guess what it is. They give about 6 things to draw and in the end you can go back and see how others drew the same things. You even have the option to share the results on twitter, Facebook or Google+. They use the information from the experiment so that the AI can recognize different drawn images.

AI has hit us all in major ways these past few years with the development of Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Assisant, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana. I can’t wait to kick back, grab some popcorn, and watch what new ways they discover to use AI… but don’t let the big tech companies have all the fun! The site has some free code of the AI and machine learning to tweak to your project needs. Just remember to develop and use Artificial Intelligence wisely. At the end of the day AI development is a vast and new frontier in information technology that if you learned anything from the movie can lead to irreversible consequences. Elon Musk said it best during an interview at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he stated: “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful,” said Musk. “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.”


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