Researchers at Brown University
have developed a computer program that can recognize rough sketches, and may one day prove a capable -- or even too capable -- digital opponent for human players in games like Pictionary and Draw Something.
While it might sound a little silly, this is actually a pretty big step for computing. As we've mentioned elsewhere on the site, as smart as computers are at raw processing, they are about that dumb at abstract reasoning, and there's no reasoning more abstract than trying to figure out what the hell someone is frantically scrawling on a pad of paper from across the room. Is that a foot? Shoe? Wait, now there's a flower coming out of it?