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A bot that can sketch like human? Microsoft is developing one!

Each image contains details that are absent from the text descriptions, indicating that this AI contains an artificial imagination

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Microsoft acquired the start-up PlayFab. Pixabay
Microsoft acquired the start-up PlayFab. Pixabay
  • Microsoft is developing a bot which can draw what you want through Artificial Intelligence technology
  • These pictures will be created by the computer from scratch, pixel by pixel
  • Currently, the technology is imperfect but the researchers are looking forward to develop a model through which help humans and bots to interact with each other

Microsoft is developing a bot that can draw what you want it to by leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology — programmed to pay close attention to individual words when generating images from caption-like text descriptions.

The technology, which the researchers simply call the drawing bot, can generate images of everything from ordinary pastoral scenes — such as grazing livestock — to the absurd and a floating double-decker bus.

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Each image contains details that are absent from the text descriptions, indicating that this AI contains an artificial imagination.

For now, the technology is imperfect. Pixabay
For now, the technology is imperfect. Pixabay

“If you go to Bing and you search for a bird, you get a bird picture. But here, the pictures are created by the computer, pixel by pixel, from scratch. These birds may not exist in the real world — they are just an aspect of our computer’s imagination of birds,” Xiaodong He from Microsoft’s research lab in a blog post late on Thursday.

According to results on an industry standard test, reported in a research paper posted on arXiv.org, the bot produced a nearly three-fold boost in image quality compared to the previous state-of-the-art technique for text-to-image generation.

The core of this bot is a technology known as a "Generative Adversarial Network" or GAN. Pixabay
The core of this bot is a technology known as a “Generative Adversarial Network” or GAN. Pixabay

The network consists of two Machine Learning models — one that generates images from text descriptions and another, known as a discriminator, that uses text descriptions to judge the authenticity of generated images.

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The researchers said that text-to-image generation technology could find practical applications acting as a sort of sketch assistant to painters and interior designers or as a tool for voice-activated photo refinement.

“For AI and humans to live in the same world, they have to have a way to interact with each other. The language and vision are the two most important modalities for humans and machines to interact with each other,” The blog post explained. (IANS)

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Microsoft Announces a Business School in Artificial Intelligence

However, very few are using AI across their organisation and identifying business opportunities and problems that AI can address

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA
Microsoft on Monday announced a business school in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will help companies improve decision-making in integrating AI across their operations.
INSEAD, a graduate business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, partnered with Microsoft to build the AI Business School’s strategy module, which includes case studies about companies across many industries that have successfully transformed their businesses with AI, the company said in a statement.
A series of short introductory videos provide an overview of the AI technologies driving change across industries, but the bulk of the content focuses on managing the impact of AI on company strategy, culture and responsibility, the company said in a statement.
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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay
“There is a gap between what people want to do and the reality of what is going on in their organisations today, and the reality of whether their organisation is ready,” said Mitra Azizirad, Corporate Vice President for AI marketing at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.
“This school is a deep dive into how you develop a strategy and identify blockers before they happen in the implementation of AI in your organisation,” she added.
According to Nick McQuire, analyst with market research firm CCS Insight, more than 50 per cent of the companies his firm has surveyed are already either researching, trialling or implementing specific projects with AI and machine learning.
However, very few are using AI across their organisation and identifying business opportunities and problems that AI can address, he added. (IANS)