Google has identified a cool AI-assisted manga art generator for those who can’t draw | Technology

Google has identified a cool AI-assisted manga art generator for those who can't draw | Technology
Google has identified a cool AI-assisted manga art generator for those who can’t draw 

Google has found a neat AI-assisted manga art generator for those who can’t draw

There is no doubt that machine learning and artificial intelligence have fundamentally changed the world over the past decade.  From early 2012 when an elite team at Google Brain taught a state-of-the-art computer to recognize cat, when anyone with a Chromebook could use Google’s open-source TensorFlow for their projects, machine learning is popping up ubiquitous all over.  Up in types of places.  However, one place I didn’t expect was in a web app for creating manga portraits.

Giga Manga is an online experimental platform that uses machine learning to turn your scribbles into manga illustrations.  It uses a suite of AI and machine learning tools – trained by over 140,000 high-resolution images – to transform your doodle into the hero of a doujinshi.

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The process is quite simple.  To start, draw a doodle: a circle, a squiggle, an outline, anything.  Google will give you a rough outline of a picture based on 140,000 training images.  Next, it is up to us to use our creativity to fill in some of the details such as the lines and colors that Giga Manga can use to complete the rest of the image for us.

The project is part of a partnership between Google, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and 12 Japanese cultural institutions called Manga: Out of the Box.  On its Arts & Culture page, Google displays a rich lineage of manga from its ancient roots in the Chjo Giga Scrolls, until the 19th century when Western art discovered Japanese prints, until the post-war birth of Astro Boy, with the thousands available.  For titles online and on shelves worldwide.

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Giga Manga is available to play now, but can’t tell how long it will be around, so if you want to see one direction machine learning is taking us into the future, don’t waste time.  There is a warning;  You have to have a modest amount of art genius, or you’ll end up with an AI-generated pile of hot garbage like me.

Source: Daniel Allen, Android Police, Direct News 99

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