Google AI demo lets anyone explore machine learning without coding

October 05, 2017 // By Rich Pell
An online "AI experiment" by Google (Mountain View, CA) lets anyone with a webcam explore machine learning without needing any coding.

Called Teachable Machine , the in-browser-based demo is designed to let anyone start exploring how machine learning works. It lets users teach a machine using only their web camera.

Using a webcam, users can teach the machine what different motions and objects look like, and then tell it how they would like it to respond. It can then respond to the triggers with a GIF or audio.

Teachable Machine is built with a new open source hardware-accelerated JavaScript library called deeplearn.js, which is designed to make it easier for web developers to get into machine learning. It trains a neural network within a browser - locally on a user's device - without sending any images to a server.

Deeplearn.js was released in August, as part of Google's PAIR (People + AI Research) initiative. According to the company, it offers a significant speedup compared to previous web machine learning libraries by exploiting WebGL to perform computations on the GPU, along with the ability to do full backpropagation.

Teachable Machine code

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