18 December 2017
Artificial Intelligence (A.I) has come a long way and may even be the answer to animating cartoons. Animation can be a tricky and difficult task apart from it being extremely time-consuming. Stitching together cartoons is no easy job, but what if a computer could do it for you? Researchers from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have managed to successfully develop A.I known as Craft to do some of the heavy lifting. The A.I system automatically produces scenes from text descriptions. This was tested with the cartoon “The Flintstones” by feeding it with over 25,000 three second clips with each containing a short description of what was happening.
The A.I system then only needed a line as a hint to start animating those scenes. The reason perhaps why the cartoon “The Flintstones” was chosen is possibly because of its simple animation. The A.I system does really well but at times mangles the output. It works out quite well owing to static backgrounds in the cartoon, however, in a cartoon with a dynamic art style, it may not yield such good results. Craft as an A.I system isn’t advanced as is a newly founded technology which could possibly lay down the platform for other more advanced A.I system to develop when it comes to animating cartoons.
A more refined A.I system with more complex training samples would prove to be extremely beneficial. On the one hand, it would save a ton of time but on the other, it could lead to more automation and results in unemployment. It’s fascinating to see watch how A.I animates cartoons just based on text descriptions!