BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Google is introducing a fun new feature to Allo which allows users to turn their face into stickers which look like them. By using neural networks, the app will analyze your face and, then, design a sticker which looks similar to you. Afterwards, you can paste them into your conversations anytime you like.
Google uses AI to design user cartoons
This feature will make us of the Deep Dream technology powered by Google. With the help of AI, it will try to approximate your looks and build the most accurate cartoon depiction of you. The feature will make use of artist resources to produce your funny-looking avatar.
Google obtained these resources after collaborating with an entire community of artists who are responsible for drawing the cartoon representations. They had to pick a few photos of the same person sharing a common feature, and then draw cartoon stickers as similar as possible. This sounds entertaining, indeed. Unfortunately, Google did not reveal when they will start rolling out this feature.
Huge progress in the field of artificial intelligence
Google’s technology represents a breakthrough in machine learning. They managed to teach computers how to identify users in a photo containing more elements, distinguish between subtle differences among photos, and find the common elements which represent the truth.
While working with neural networks, Google found that some nodes have a predilection for noticing small details. Then, they taught the machines how to observe the bigger picture. Therefore, besides from noticing these details, the mechanism learnt how to compare them in different photos and find the common ground. This allowed them to produce these accurate cartoon renditions.
This might sound a little odd and intrusive, but Google knew how to solve the problem. First of all, the avatars are not incredibly detailed. They resemble the user, but they do not look exactly like him. Also, he might choose from several appearances and customize the look he is most comfortable with.
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