What do you get when you blend man-made doodles and machine learning together? Well, the Dutch broadcaster NPO has an answer to that, something called Pix2Pix, a little web application that turns your doodles into rather terrifying images using the machine learning technology.
Created using Google’s open-source machine learning platform called Tensorflow, Pix2Pix uses a system called generative adversarial network (GAN) to create a proper image out of the submitted doodle. To facilitate the creation of the image, NPO has fed the artificial intelligence system with thousands of images of Lara Rense, an anchor that works for NPO.
The end result of this little experiment is a web application that attempts to create a picture out of doodle by using bits and pieces of the images that has been fed to it. According to the demo image that greets the user when the first enter Pix2Pix, the system is capable of generating a rather decent picture of a human face.
However, if your doodling skills aren’t great, the end result tends to be rather terrifying.