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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
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By Tom Clift
April 12, 2017
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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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