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Google’s New Experimental Web App Lets You Use AI to Create Manga Art

A lot of the products and services that Google is working on are concrete aspects of its future path, but there are some experimental web apps that the tech giant sometimes releases that are meant to show off its advanced tech such as its AI capabilities. One of the most recent web apps that Google has launched is perhaps its most prominent yet because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing you to draw unique manga style art with AI.

This web app is being called Giga Manga, and it is part of a collaboration between Google and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that a dozen cultural institutions in the Japanese nation have also taken part in this collaboration, and the goal of the project is to create a virtual art exhibit which shall be referred to as Manga Out of the Box.

Giga Manga is a part of this project, and it allows you to draw the basic outline of your desired character along with adding some colors that you want the artwork to utilize after which a machine learning algorithm will complete the artwork for you in the manga style that is so popular in Japan as well as all around the world.

Some are viewing the supposed simplicity of this app with skepticism since it requires at least a little bit of artistic process to draw the outline. However, it is still a pretty cool web app, and it serves as yet another reminder of the huge number of things that AI can do for us. While it seems unlikely that AI would replace actual artists anytime soon, Giga Manga shows that AI is advancing quite rapidly and it might be able to create original art as well at some point. It will be exciting to see AI continue to progress until that day finally manages to arrive and change how we perceive intelligence in general.


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