Is every man really an artist? Of course not. But anyone can pretend to be with Google’s latest AI Experiment AutoDraw.The Web-based tool pairs machine learning with artist-created designs to help you better express yourself.Just visit autodraw.com on your computer, smartphone, or tablet to start scribbling.Try sketching your best rendition of a cat, pizza, houseboat, or rabbit’s foot keychain, and Google will fill in the blanks. It’s like an arts-and-crafts version of autocorrect.The suggestion tool uses the same technology as Google’s Quick, Draw!, another of the company’s growing number of AI experiments intended to prove artificial intelligence can be applied to human pursuits.AutoDraw can currently guess “hundreds” of drawings, according to the product page; more images will be added over time. Users can look for a gold star next to drawings in the suggestion bar to find community submissions from creators like Erin Butner, Julia Melograna, Simone Noronha, Hawraf, Pei Liew, and Tori Hinn.Use the integrated toolbar to add text, fill in, create shapes, change colors, and undo mistakes; when in “select” mode, drag and drop an illustration to resize, turn, or invert it.“So the next time you want to make a birthday card, party invite or just doodle on your phone, it’ll be as easy and fast as everything else on the Web,” Dan Motzenbecker, creative technologist at Google Creative Lab, wrote in a blog announcement.A side menu, meanwhile, lets you download and share your creation, or scrap it and start over. And there is an option to free draw, so you can really show off your skills—or just play tic-tac-toe with a friend.With AutoDraw, there is nothing to download or buy, and it works anywhere you have a Web browser and network connection. So get creative in the dentist’s waiting room, at the in-laws’ house, or on the daily train commute. And don’t be shy about proposing objects for Google to add to its new program.
Stay on target The New England Aquarium has a special volunteer: Meet Wilson Menashi, an 84-year-old man who’s known as the “octopus whisperer” at the Boston-based attraction.Menashi, who’s “armed with affection” for the aquarium’s octopuses, including Freya and Professor Ludwig Von Drake, is a long-time friend of the sea creatures, the Associated Press reported. Menashi, who retired from his chemical engineering job and started volunteering at the aquarium 25 years ago, has spent over 7,000 hours caring for the octopods.“I have been able to connect with them from the beginning. I do not know why,” Menashi told the Associated Press. “I cannot explain it, but I can connect with them.”Working with the octopuses isn’t an easy task either: Menashi, whose volunteer work includes designing puzzle boxes for the octopuses, rubbing their backs, and gently stimulating their arms, has to have a lot of patience and cater to each animal’s needs.Freya, who has 2,240 suction cups, is a 3-year-old octopus who weighs almost 40 pounds and has an arm span of 14 feet, which could easily kill a shark. However, she’s very calm with Menashi, who often feeds her fish treats.The octopuses also leave their marks of love as well. Menashi jokingly told the Associated Press that he often comes homes with “hickeys” on his neck and arms. However, they’re always 10 to 15 marks in a line next to each other, and his wife knows about his time with the octopuses at the aquarium.“Just being here has been, to me, a lifesaver,” Menashi told the Associated Press. “Gave me different interests and showed me the world is a wonderful place to be.”More on Geek.com:Two-Headed Lizard Surprises Keepers at Reptile Park in AustraliaPrehistoric Shark Species With ‘Spaceship Shaped Teeth’ DiscoveredBald Eagle Rescued in Missouri May Have Ingested Poison Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend