Emojis are a great way of expressing our emotions when sending text messages. For example an eye roll emoji can probably convey a lot of what you feel compared to a text. However what if you wanted something more personalized? What if there wasn’t an emoji that can convey how you feel?

If you use Google’s Allo messaging app, you’re in luck because Google has announced that through the use of neural networks, they’ll be able to take your selfies and turn them into highly personalized stickers that you can then send to friends. According to Google, “To create an illustration of you that captures the qualities that would make it recognizable to your friends, we worked alongside an artistic team to create illustrations that represented a wide variety of features.”

“Artists initially designed a set of hairstyles, for example, that they thought would be representative, and with the help of human raters we used these hairstyles to train the network to match the right illustration to the right selfie. We then asked human raters to judge the sticker output against the input image to see how well it did. In some instances, they determined that some styles were not well represented, so the artists created more that the neural network could learn to identify as well.”

At the moment the feature seems to be only available for Android users, but Google states that there are plans to eventually roll it out to the iOS version of Allo soon.

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