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This AI can create new Flintstones cartoons from text

By James Lu - on 16 Apr 2018, 10:28am

This AI can create new Flintstones cartoons from text

We've already seen an AI that can draw pictures based on text input, but what about one that can create animated cartoons?

That's just what the researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have built by training an AI to generate short clips of "The Flintstones" by feeding it over 25,000 three-second clips of the iconic Hannah-Barbera cartoon.

The AI system, named Craft, only needs a text description of who is in the scene and what is happening, and from there is able to stitch together characters, backgrounds and props.

The results are....not great, but it's a promising start and an interesting look into how AI could be used for animation in the near future. A refined system with larger, more complex training samples could theoretically animate the routine parts of a cartoon, cutting down on production time and letting creators get content out faster. If that means the next season of Rick and Morty takes less than two years to come out, I'm all for it.

Source: Arxiv via TheNextWeb