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Which games are useful to put artificial intelligence to the test?


The artificial intelligence (AI) that is already all around us cannot safely drive a car by himself, nor can they write compelling scripts.


Still, every day the research to make them more capable gets new results, and in some cases, anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can help teach them something.


Both Google and Microsoft have put online some experiments (interpretable as "games") with which to try to understand how to teach a computer to learn, or simply to get an idea of how smart some AI systems that already exist are.


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Google's can be found on the A.I. Experiments platform, while Microsoft's were mostly created by the Microsoft Garage research community.


They are, of course, not the first such experiments. Older ones, such as the chatbot A.L.I.C.E. (a kind of Siri ancestor) and the game 20Q, in which an AI has to guess the thing you're thinking about (among the categories "animal," "vegetable," "mineral," "other" and "don't know") by asking fewer than 20 questions, work around language.



Also, in many video games of the past decades, AI systems were used to predict players' moves by understanding previous ones and behaving accordingly.


On the other hand, more recent AI experiments rely heavily on a more sophisticated skill, that of image recognition.


You can use them, for example, to play Pictionary with your computer or find out what breed of dog you've seen walking down the street.


What are Google and Microsoft's experiments to show how computers learn to draw, compose music and recognize what they see? Let's find out together!




AutoDraw is an application by A.I. Experiments to make simple drawings using your computer: starting from a user's doodle, it allows you to get very well-drawn images created for the program's developers by some illustrators. For now, it's available only from the browser, not as a downloadable app, but you can use it on smartphones too.


Giorgio Cam

Giorgio Cam is one of the most fun experiments from A.I. Experiments. It puts together an image recognition system and the music of Giorgio Moroder (who everyone calls Giorgio). To play with it, you have to take a picture of something with your smartphone's camera - only if it has an Android operating system - or through the webcam of your computer. The AI will recognize what you see in the frame and then composes a text on a music track composed by Giorgio Moroder. The facial recognition is entirely accurate, and the final musical result is ridiculous but quite funny.


Quick, Draw!

Quick, Draw use the same principle of AutoDraw!, a kind of Pictionary to play with your computer or smartphone. The game is quite simple: the system asks you to draw an object that artificial intelligence must recognize within 20 seconds. The more accurate the drawing is, the more likely the AI is to guess it. It can also be downloaded as an app on mobile devices.


How Old Do I Look?

Microsoft has put several other image recognition experiments online that can be used during a boring dinner party if you're short on funny anecdotes. For example, "How Old Do I Look?", tries to estimate a person's age (and gender) from a photo. Sometimes the results are flattering, sometimes a little less so. If you also want to try it on a picture of yourself, you can rest assured because the app doesn't keep them.



Are You Twins?

Are You Twins? finds the similarities between the faces of two people in two different pictures and gives you a percentage of how similar they are. You can try it with old photographs of your parents to determine who looks more like them than you and your siblings, for example, or with one of the famous people you look like according to your friends to see if they want to flatter you or you have a double.


A.I. Duet

A.I. Duet is a musical experiment by Google, which allows you to play along with an AI. It looks like a keyboard to play a short melody: the AI responds by playing one of its own, composed in response on the spot.


Cloud gaming

Which games are useful to put artificial intelligence to the test?


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The technology has several similarities to streaming services like Netflix and HBO. It also makes online games faster and smoother, helping gamers save storage space.


The slight disadvantage of cloud gaming is that it consumes a lot of data. So, you may want to get Wi-Fi.



Thing Translator

Thing Translator brings together an AI's ability to recognize images and use multiple languages, specifically English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, and Dutch. So it could be beneficial when you're traveling in a country whose language you don't know: it recognizes the object framed by your smartphone's camera (if it has Android operating system) or computer. Then, it returns the word to define it in the chosen languages, for example, your own and the one in which you can't express yourself.


What Dog?

Another helpful experiment for animal lovers is Microsoft's "What Dog?", a kind of Shazam for dogs: thanks to an image recognition system, it can identify the different breeds of dogs, even if the same image also shows a person.


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