AI Development with React

Mariel Lettier

Table of Contents

What is React?
What is Artificial Intelligence?
React for AI development
Can AI write your code?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making strides over the last couple of decades. Further, it reached a point where we can find it in many aspects of our daily lives. It’s a fact that having knowledge of AI is a considerable advantage for developers. That’s why, in this article, we’ll be focusing on this topic. And, as React is one of our favorite development tools, we decided to combine these two. Below, we’ll go over React and AI basics. Then, we’ll move on to some examples of amazing AI-based features developed with React. Let ‘s dive in!

What is React?

Although a lot of people refer to React as a framework, it is actually a front-end JavaScript library. This library is open-source and used to build user interfaces (UIs) for the web. Also known as ReactJS or React.JS, Facebook created it for internal use in 2011. Later, in 2013, they released it into the world. Today, React is an extremely popular development tool, and is currently on its 18.0.0 version.

React has lots of important features. For instance, it’s declarative and component-based. Furthermore, it supports the server-side, and it’s fast and easy to learn. If you want to read more about React, you can check out our article on this topic.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

The concept behind Artificial Intelligence is quite simple. It lies in the fact that computers can learn from existing decision-making examples. As a result, we’re able to build smart machines that can perform human tasks. Some examples include speech recognition, fraud prevention and smart assistants.

Since AI is a broad field, it’s divided into many sub-fields. What’s more, these may also have their own sub-fields. For example, there is neural networks, robotics, and machine learning. There’s also fuzzy logic, natural language processing and deep learning. We’ll be mentioning below some examples, so let’s take a closer look at some of these terms.

Machine Learning

This branch mixes AI with Computer Science. It uses algorithms and structural models to analyze data patterns. As a result, it imitates the way humans learn. Machine Learning gives computers the ability to learn by imitating human behavior.

Deep Learning

This is a sub-field of Machine Learning, based on artificial neural networks. These networks lie on the same principles as the biological ones. As a consequence, they learn to perform tasks based on datasets and examples. Neural networks in Deep Learning must have more than three layers of processing. Because of this, they’re allowed to extract higher-level features from data.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

React for AI Development

Artificial Intelligence has brought on outstanding improvements to our daily lives. Its uses are far-reaching, and are seen in almost if not every industry. When it comes to development, React has also shown considerable flexibility. This encompasses from blogs and social networks to e-commerce and cross-platform mobile apps. So, what can these two achieve when combined? We’ll review seven examples of AI development with React.

Speech Recognition

Nowadays, speech recognition is an amazing and popular feature. Moreover, it’s particularly helpful for people with hearing or visual impairments. It has many uses, like hands-free control of various devices and equipment. Also, it allows writing documents through voice-to-text tech, and security voice identification. These are a few examples of its wide applications.

When it comes to React, there are several ways to add speech recognition. For instance, this ready-made boilerplate integrates ML to React to allow speech recognition. You can learn more about it in this article. You also can use a text-to-speech API, called rev.ai, detailed in this article. Finally, as you can see here, there’s this react-speech-recognition hook for voice assistance.

Shopping Cart

We thought the AI of this shopping cart deserved its own section. With AI plus React, websites can give users the option to add items to their cart with voice recognition. For this, you’ll need the Alan AI framework. It makes it possible to run an entire application through voice commands! Take a look at the step-by-step video here.

Machine Learning Web Apps

You can also combine AI with React to create web apps with Flask. To do so, you should develop the front-end in React and the back-end in Flask. Adding a machine learning model to this allows you to predict values for specific inputs. You can take a look at the whole process as well as the GitHub repo in this article.

Image Search

Now, let’s say you want to add an image search feature to your project. React can help you with this as well. In this project, Christian Nwamba used React for the front-end user interaction. Further, it used Node.JS and its package manager NPM to build the back-end. Other tools included Cloudinary for image storage and Algolia to start the AI search. As a result, there’s an AI image-search tool that looks for patterns among uploaded images. If you want to see how it all works, you can find the source code here.

Object and Pose Detection

Do you want to kick things up a notch from image search? You might consider diving into object and pose detection. This is another option available for AI development with React. You can do this by using the React use.tensorflow hook for TensorFlow.JS. If you want more information about the process, it’s available here.

Tic Tac Toe

You can also use artificial intelligence to have some fun! This is exactly the case in this project for AI development with React. This AI-based Tic Tac Toe uses Node.JS, React and Adaptive Intelligence Program (AIP-3). As a consequence, it adapts to an opponent’s skill level. How do you think AI fares against a human Tic Tac Toe player? Take a look at this article to get your answer, as well as an overview of the development process. You can also access the source code for the project here.

Who do you look like?

Another fun application for AI and React is having Google decide who you look like. You can create an app where uploading your photo returns people Google considers you look like. This project combines React, Firebase and Google Cloud Vision. If you want to develop something similar, or are curious about this, you’ll find a tutorial in this article.

React for AI Development

Bonus: Can AI write your code?

A big question when it comes to artificial intelligence is if it will take over what are now human jobs. So, we thought it would be interesting to dive into the questions. Could AI write your React code for you?

The short answer is yes, and then some. For instance, there is Generative Pre-Trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3). This autoregressive language model is a creation of OpenAI. Also, it’s trained to produce human-like text with deep learning. With an unprecedented 175 billion parameters, it’s able to write everything. From literary works, business memos and, yes, also codes. It can also write poems, fiction and humor texts. Debuild CEO used GPT-3 to write React code for a fully-functioning app in mere seconds.

If this has you worried about your future as a programmer, don’t panic! Although GPT-3 has shown amazing potential, this AI is not able to make breakthroughs in the field. It is, yet, an amazing tool to delegate smaller tasks to so you can have time to focus on the bigger picture. If you want to try out this, you can sign up to be part of OpenAI’s private beta.


As you can see, the opportunities are endless when it comes to AI development with React. From shopping and games to analytics and beyond. We hope our overview has inspired you to use React in your AI projects. What will your next AI project be?

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