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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
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  • 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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MediaTek Introduces SoC With Enhanced AI-Engine

Helio P70 comes with a 4G LTE modem and 300MBit/s (megabit per second) of download performance

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MediaTek launches Helio P70 SoC with enhanced AI engine. (IANS)

Mobile phone chipset maker MediaTek on Wednesday launched the Helio P70 system-on-chip (SoC) with enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) engine designed to power full-featured smartphones at affordable price points.

The Helio P70 chipset comes with CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) upgrades for more powerful AI processing, and also brings upgraded imaging and camera support, a gaming performance boost and advanced connectivity features, MediaTek said in a statement.

“With an enhanced AI engine that works seamlessly across the CPU and GPU, Helio P70 delivers much faster performance for AI applications and is still highly power efficient,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit.

“The introduction of Helio P70 continues MediaTek’s commitment to deliver high-end smartphone features and advanced technology for the mass market,” Lee said.

The introduction of the Helio P70 follows the launch of the Helio P60 earlier this year, and builds on its hallmark features to power the full-featured smartphones.

Built with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSM) 12nm FinFET technology, the Helio P70 features a multi-core APU operating at up to 525 MHz (megahertz) for fast and efficient edge-AI processing.

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The chipset packs four Arm Cortex-A73 2.1 GHz (gigahertz) processors and four Arm Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz processors in an octa-core big.LITTLE configuration.

For an additional power boost, the chipset has an improved Arm Mali-G72 MP3 GPU operating at up to 900 MHz, which provides a 13 per cent performance improvement compared to the Helio P60, MediaTek said.

Helio P70’s enhanced AI engine delivers a 10 to 30 per cent AI processing boost compared to the Helio P60, the company added.

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The chipset is built on MediaTek’s NeuroPilot platform, the company’s hardware and software ecosystem to support edge-AI.

NeuroPilot supports common AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, Caffe2 and custom third party offerings.

Helio P70 comes with a 4G LTE modem and 300MBit/s (megabit per second) of download performance. (IANS)