Artificial intelligence is one of the most fascinating and rapidly-growing areas of computer science. It is also one of the most intimidating, with its complex algorithms and seemingly endless possibilities.
We’ve been talking about so many areas of life in which AI can expand what’s possible – introducing 10 companies that are already changing the world with AI, exploring how AI is making our lives easier, and getting excited about what could be possible with AI in medicine and in the arts!
While there are so many applications and implications for what is possible across all of these areas, as we embark on this new future we are building now, we also want to dive into some of the more fun and playful aspects of AI. It doesn’t all have to be so serious, and as part of our mission to make AI more accessible, we want to introduce 11 fun artificial intelligence tools that you can play with today!
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AI Machine Learning Games:
Semantris is a very fun word association game built on predictive, machine learning AI. Semantris explains, “By training on billions of conversations from the internet, the AI has learned how to predict which words, phrases, and even sentences might come next in a conversation.”
The game has two modes that help you interact with AI slightly differently: Arcade and Blocks. Arcade mode requires you to think on your feet and type quickly in order to clear words before too many stack up. Blocks mode allows you to take your time and solve the game like a puzzle. It’s like a version of Codenames between just you and AI.
According to the developers, the games are “experiments in technology” that are still in development. In machine learning based systems, the more we humans interact and play with it, the more the AI continues to learn and refine its skills. So, playing with it is part fun and part research! Check it out to “play around with different kinds of clues and see what references the AI understands best.”
To play with this tool, click here.
Quick Draw is a Google-powered AI game that’s like playing Pictionary with AI. You’re given 20 seconds to doodle an object – maybe pizza, a motorcycle, a t-shirt, etc., and as you doodle, the AI will begin guessing what it is you’re drawing. I personally found this very entertaining as the AI begins to guess, “I see a line… I see a triangle… I see a zig zag…” and so on until it either does or does not guess correctly. This is another machine learning program in which interacting with it continues to train it. After a few rounds, your drawings can be added to the “world’s largest doodling data set” to further the machine learning research.
To play Quick Draw, click here.
Blenderbot is a conversation AI prototype that can chat with you on just about any topic. This prototype is still in its early stages and “needs your help” in order to continue to learn and improve! We invite you to play around with chatting with AI, and in providing feedback on how well its responses fit, helping to improve its technology!
To chat with Blenderbot, click here.
AI Experiments in Art and Images:
We recently published an article discussing whether or not AI will replace artists and posited that instead of replacing artists, it will only expand what is possible for them. AI artwork is currently popping up all over the place. Wombo is an app that allows you to input a prompt, choose an art style, and then sit back and watch to see what AI creates. The art styles have increased in options and now include Memes, Throwback/Retro vibes, Realistic, Malevolent, Ghibli, Radioactive, S.Dali, Fantasy, Psychedelic, and many more. You now also have the option to upload your own image to be used as a reference for whatever output you’d like to create. The possibilities are endless, and this is such a fun way to play and interact with AI.
To download and play with Wombo, click here.
Generative Engine is an AI experiment that takes things in a slightly different direction from some of the other AI artwork generators. This one is a “storytelling machine” that generates synthetic images and develops them further as you type a story. Each sentence changes the image being generated. This one is particularly fun to play with to see what the AI creates. I will say that the outputs can be a bit strange; not as beautiful or streamlined as Wombo perhaps, but fun to experiment with nonetheless!
Tell Generative Engine a story here.
This AI experiment is a bit less involved on the side of the person playing with it, as there are no inputs to play with as in some of the other tools discussed here. However, it’s worth a mention because going to this website will allow you to generate an incredibly (and we mean, incredibly) realistic image of a person who does not exist. Refreshing the page will show you another person’s face, who again, will look incredibly real, but does not actually exist anywhere in the world!
To see some people who do not exist, click here.
AI Experiments in Music:
This tool allows you to play a piano duet with a machine learning AI. While one could program AI with a set of rules related to how we humans traditionally make music, this tool is different due to the base of it being a machine learning tool. The creators played tons of melodies for the AI so that it could start to form connections between the notes and timing it was hearing and build its own neural network. The result is that when a human plays a few notes, it takes in that input and generates a response. This one is easy and fun to play with, and you can create some very beautiful melodies!
To play a piano duet with AI, click here.
If playing piano isn’t really your jam, check out the infinite drum machine, another Google AI Experiment. This one was a bit more confusing for me at first, but it has so many possibilities and is really quite fun to play with. This tool has tons of everyday sounds programmed into it, from sci-fi rocket sounds and axe wood chops, to balloons and human sneezes. Upon loading it, you will see tons of colorful dots representing all sorts of sounds to choose from. Scrub around and select the ones you’d like to turn into a drumbeat, then press play and see what happens! From here, you can adjust the tempo, or get even more specific about what sounds hit when. The possibilities are truly infinite and the beats it creates can be quite cool!
To make your own AI drum beat, click here.
Probably the most complex of all of the AI music experiments that we have found is Aiva AI’s tool. This tool allows you to compose entire personalized soundtracks with artificial intelligence. As someone who is not a music producer, I found it extremely cool to play with the tool’s most basic functions. Create a new track, select a genre or style, personalize the key of the piece, the duration of the piece, and how many outputs, and let Aiva do the work! Once you’ve created something, you can go in later and personalize things even more. This is a powerful tool with so many implications for musicians, filmmakers, and creators, but is also just fun to play around with.
Compose your own original soundtrack here, or check out compositions created with Aiva here.
Other Random and Fun AI Experiments:
Ever wondered how much you sound like Freddie Mercury from Queen? Well, now you can find out exactly! This tool comes from Google Experiments, YouTube, and The Mercury Pheonix Trust, a group dedicated to fighting AIDS worldwide. Go to the tool, pick out a song, then sing and try to model Freddie Mercury. Your vocals will be analyzed based on how close your timbre, pitch, and melody are to Freddie’s and you’ll be given a score. This AI-powered singing challenge is also closely connected with a great cause, which we love to see.
See if you can sing like Freddie Mercury here.
Stranger Things has been a hit Netflix TV show that throws it back to the 80’s classics with a retro feel and a dark side. This is a fairly random reason to use artificial intelligence, but a fun one nonetheless. Simply upload any image and AI will analyze what is in your photo, and then will turn it into a Stranger Things styled poster!
Make your own Stranger Things poster here.
[Poster above is of Co-Founders David Hook and Darrell Rivers volunteering at an event for Veterans.]
As AI continues to develop, it’s likely that even more fun and fascinating AI tools will be created. So why not explore what’s available now and see what the future of AI has in store? You might just be surprised at how much fun you can have with AI.