Here’s a kid-centric product from Meta that isn’t likely to incur the wrath of regulators.
Through its division Meta AI, the company formerly known as Facebook has developed Animated Drawings, a “first-of-its-kind” tool that automatically animates children’s drawings of human-like figures. Provided the drawing is clear enough, the software can identify the figure, isolate it from the wider drawing, rig it, and make it dance about. Try it here.
The achievement here is to have trained the AI to understand the level of abstraction with which children draw. We may recognize a blob pierced with giant misshapen limbs as a kid’s idea of a person, but such drawings initially flummoxed the software. Children depict people in a huge variety of ways, and Meta had to get their tool to recognize as many of these as possible. The team detail the development process in a blog post.