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Was I testing Google or was Google testing me?

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Google Draw Something Instructions:

Use Google’s drawing game to create art and have Google guess what it is! You will be given 6 items to draw and in under 20 seconds Google will try to answer it. Go to https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/ and start right away. In the end, share your art on twitter with the rest of the class.

Assignment Bank-Web Assignments

The Google Quick, Draw! assignment caught my attention immediately as I was scrolling through the assignment bank. I just knew that I had to do it once, if not a couple times. I thought I would be good at it because I play games that are similar to this with my family all of the time. My favorite kind of spin-off of this game is called Telestrations (the game is kind of a mix of Pictionary and telephone… definitely try it if you ever get a chance!).

Anyway, I did end up doing this a couple of times. I shared my results on Twitter in the following tweets:

In the first tweet, Google guessed all of my drawings. I was very surprised that it guessed bottle cap for the last drawing, though. It is difficult to draw with your finger on a trackpad besides having a twenty second time limit. My drawings were not too bad; Google was able to guess them. In the second tweet, the only drawing Google missed was the short monster. I can’t blame Google, though, because I probably would not have been able to guess “short monster” either. At least Google learned what a short monster drawing might look like. The only thing I learned was that I am not as good at quick drawing as I thought I was.

Some drawings I had a really hard time drawing in particular were the car and the soccer ball. It’s not that I don’t know what they look like. It’s just that the image of the objects in my head did not translate very well onto the screen. While I was drawing the soccer ball, I remember Google guessing a chocolate chip cookie. The drawing honestly looks more like some kind of chocolate chip cookie than a soccer ball. I am surprised that Google has gathered so much knowledge about how people draw a soccer ball to jump from “I see a chocolate chip cookie,” to “oh, I know! It’s a soccer ball.”

The very first time I did the drawings, the robot voice really threw me off. I did not realize that it would be guessing what I was drawing while I was drawing it. When it guessed all of my drawings correctly in the first tweet, I actually wanted to draw more for Google just to see if I could beat it (and because it’s just really fun to do). I was satisfied when it could not guess my short monster, but then I realized that it probably did not recognize my short monster because it was not drawn well.

As I am writing this blog post, I am realizing that my monster was not a bad drawing per say, but it was just something Google had never seen before. It was a unique short monster that no one else thought to draw. (To be honest, I had Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. in mind when I was drawing the monster.) With this drawing, I was able to teach Google what a short monster can look like, and I learned that no one else draws short monsters like I do.

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