A new computer program can recognize rough sketches—of bunnies, teapots, donuts, and more—as they’re drawn in real time.
The Brown University researchers credit crowdsourcing with their advances. “It was the data gathering that had been holding this back, not the digital representation or the machine learning; those have been around for a decade,” notes computer scientist James Hays.
“There’s just no way to learn to recognize say, sketches of lions, based on just a clever algorithm. The algorithm really needs to see close to 100 instances of how people draw lions, and then it becomes possible to tell lions from potted plants.”
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