AI Can Now Create Websites From Drawings

A new deep learning model allows users to create working HTML websites from hand-drawn wireframes, creating a solution for a process that normally takes weeks and involves multiple stakeholders.

The developer, Ashwin Kumar, recently participated in Insight’s Data Science Fellowship Program, which aims to bridge the gap between academia and data science. There, he developed a unique and breakthrough technology that allows anyone to build a website with just a simple sketch.

Using NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs on the Amazon Cloud and the cuDNN-accelerated TensorFlow deep learning framework, Kumar trained his neural network on 1,750 screenshots of synthetically generated websites and their relevant source code.

“My goal at Insight was to use modern deep learning algorithms to significantly streamline the design workflow and empower any business to quickly create and test webpages,” Kumar wrote in a Medium post.

A typical design workflow: A product manager performs research and creates a list of the specification needed. Designers than take those lists and create mockups. Engineers implement those designs into code.

Kumar mentions that the current design process is slow and can quickly turn into a bottleneck,  preventing startups and small businesses from getting off the ground.

He concedes that his model has some limitations, but explains that by training his neural network with additional elements such as images, drop-down menus, and online forms, it will improve the algorithm.

Kumar now works as a deep learning scientist at Mythic, a startup that aims to bring AI to every connected device.

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