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Google's New AutoDraw Tool Makes Art of Your Crappy Doodling

It's like autocorrect for art.
By Tom Clift
April 12, 2017
By Tom Clift
April 12, 2017

Well, it's finally happened. Google has gone and ruined Pictionary forever. The internet giant has just unveiled a new web-based tool for computer, mobile and tablet that helps translate your incomprehensible scribbling into legible images. And while it's certainly got lots of useful applications, one thing is crystal clear: family game night will never be the same again.

AutoDraw uses "machine learning" to deduce what users are trying to draw, and then presents them with a number of simple artist drawn sketches to choose from. Basically it's like autocorrect for art. Google released an explainer video, which you can check out below.

You can have a play around with the tool over here. And no, for the record, it doesn't spit out dirty pictures, no matter how much you might want it to (full disclosure: we tried, a lot). That said, Google is accepting artist submissions, so maybe someone can sneak one through.

And look, if nothing else, at least it'll help people avoid situations like this:

Published on April 12, 2017 by Tom Clift


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