I thought I could place it myself, I was going to be an Internet about it and drop a fence right in the middle of this roundabout with like ten buses going around it, but I'm stuck on this "finding a place in the world," so I don't really get the purpose of this app at all.
I have no way to distinguish if I actually am affecting this "world." For all I know someone is just modeling stuff, and when I draw a "fence" it goes and finds a random fence and says "here's the fence you made, yay for you!"
I have a feeling that's exactly what's going on here because I drew a small bush and it said "Thank you, the world needed 4 of those!".
Also take a look at where most of the trees were created at. Shoreline Amphitheatre. :)
First I drew a post box that I can (normally) see from my window. It tried to tell me it was a house, and I managed to cancel out by accident in my search for a "not a house" option.
Second I drew a bush with lots of bubbly bits - very mario-esque - but it turned it into a spheroid.
Confusing if this is what was intended; but the UI was pretty.
It uses an AI do figure out what you meant from an abstract drawing.
In the Console if you bring it up you can see the issue. It's unable to connect to the socket it's trying to connect to. So a live bug.
When I finally got around to drawing something, it didn't work. I drew a relatively simple rectangular building and nothing happened. I realized it must be matching based off of things it already knows so I restarted and drew the simplest 3 line car I could. Still nothing. No error, no instructions. Just a trash can and a circular arrow.
This experiment is a failure.
You scribbled something that the ML system classified as a house boat. None of the characteristics in your drawing moved over to the model. The only creative part (your scribble) was destroyed.
You could've just typed "house boat" and picked the model from a list. The result would be the same.
Why even have a GUI why not a CLI which parses a config file that says "house boat".
It's fun for thirty seconds, after which it is just tedious. If you actually want to "get stuff done", like building a toy city, you will want the menu that shows you what's actually available.
> Why even have a GUI why not a CLI which parses a config file that says "house boat".
Because that's obviously a bad interface as well. It's not like scribbly interfaces are the next step of evolution in human-computer-interaction. They're gimmicks. You're not going to go to Amazon.com and start scribbling something you want to buy. You'll type it in.
But to your Amazon example, doodles might be the new best way to find "that thing with the stick out the top and the bell looking thing at the bottom. I forget what it's called"
I'm glad Google is playing around with this. This one though just feels flat compared to the others.
Not to Google.
To think that it somewhat represents future direction of Google seems over the top.
Dynamic creation in the way they are hinting at in the description seems like a very difficult but interesting endeavour that requires a lot of iterating to get anywhere on.
This thing could be placed in an art gallery. Visitors submit an original drawing and watch it transform into a cookie cutter contribution, stripping away everything that makes them unique. Its actually a pretty played out concept artistically, the whole “white picket fence” vibe.
and we also have abc.xyz and domains.google and other domain shenanigans that I forget about.
I just learned that alphabet.com is different company. I wonder if they've clung to the domain as tightly as nissan.com has clung to theirs or if google doesn't want it that much.
It was always my impression that coolproject.withgoogle.com is meant to be understood as "company X made a cool project with Google".
The things any number of the projects at indiehackers or product hunt could do with the traffic!
I also like the art in the sense that it allows all kinds of perspectives to flow into the image, and there is a way greater complexity than somebody alone could create. It would be worthwhile to recreate the site - maybe I'll do it some day (-:
This idea could be turned into a phone app, and experimented with real time aspects of drawing concurrently, layers, sounds, video frames. Imagine stitching together a film edited and directed by 50 people in the similar vein as the tiles site. I think we have amazing possibilities and the technology for real time collaboration is here already, we just have to have a different vision than what the big companies want from us.
> the added fun of dropping the thing onto a cartoon google-map.
The added fun of it being dropped, or dropping it? I don't know, since for me on Firefox, it hung at the "finding a place in the world" stage.
I was hoping for something like /r/place.
It's just a demonstration of the impressive but ultimately rather useless "drawing -> shape classification" machine learning application.
It would be massively better if I could just choose from the shape classes and place them myself. That would allow at least for some amount of creativity. Of course then they don't get to show off their gimmick AI...
I didn't say it does. I'm giving an opinion.
> Also, the classification is super useful for technical flowcharts and designs that can be doodled easily. That's at least one use
I disagree. Classic user interfaces are superior here as well. Just pick the tool you want instead of convincing some shape recognition system that whatever you just scribbled is some class of basic shape. You could just pick that shape from a shelf of tools.
Do you really know that for a fact or do you just assume that? What program with a scribbly interface are you actually using on a regular basis?
> I can also use this interface on a tablet.
You can also use toolshelfs (and many other interface elements) on a tablet.
> Many people are wired differently to your preferences, it's worth trying new approaches to old tools.
This is not a new approach, this is a very old approach that has been summarily rejected as a good way of going about things.
Why on earth did you write your post? What does your negativity bring to the world?
In practice though, if somebody wants to deface something, they'll find a way to do it. You can't sacrifice creativity to preventing that.
/r/place has shown that people (or redditors) are cooperative enough to maintain a reasonably "clean" environment, without any form of external moderation.
This is akin to complaining about bugs in a game when they release new artwork. Artists aren't working the bug queue.
This demo site though is more responsive and slick than their mainline product. Just as Gmail it encompasses Web UI, data storage and a machine learning backend. Maybe all people who can code have moved to the doodle lab.
It would have been much more interesting if you could draw something, then have an AI try to guess what it would look like in 3D, then add your model to their database. People could then upvote/downvote models to get rid of crappy results, and the AI could use that information to learn what models it messed up generating.
> Please upgrade your browser.
Emphasis mine - I'm on Firefox 63.
I can't believe this is still happening in 2018. :(
“Works best on chrome” I guess.
Tried to draw a couple of things, it picked the closest match, then got stuck on "Finding a place in the world" for me (why can't I pick?).
Also can't seem to draw new things, just pick from the AI guesses, so far as I can tell.
I look forward to poking at the next version.
I wonder if google has some new use case where they want to be able to quickly tag human doodles with their subject matter?
I thought it was going to be a cool demo on changing 2D drawings to 3D objects.
The key would be to find a way to constrain the output space so that it's not so vast that it won't be possible to converge to something useful.
This appears to be highly misleading at best. It appears to be a fancy classifier for 2D drawings, that matches to a database of predesigned slightly-customizable 3D models. There's no real connection between the drawing and the model.
Also on the world map there's a bunch of bikes that claim to be cars and pickups.
Firefox on Windows.
Also, it's sad that your drawing gets discarded as soon as you pick a category.
This is no more advanced, and waaay less useful than this: http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html (which is at least 10 years old at this point).
Safari gives me about 4FPS, with nothing else open.
Including your web browser!?
The security issues are not nearly as important to me as the software actually functioning the way I want.
The best security is just not to use Google products to start, I know, but sometimes it's a necessary evil.
I also avoid upgrading Logic Pro / Final Cut Pro like the plague. Apple has a nasty habit of changing minor UI/UX features that really screw with my workflow, even just the way they moved the 'tempo' field in Logic 10.4.
In order to pick a tree prefab, please draw a tree.
... which? Getting this with Chrome 70.0.3538.102 on Mac.
They just keep pushing out stuff for the same reason on and on