Microsofts new AI tool draws beautiful images from
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has incredibly
evolved over the last few years and is touted to be the next big
thing of the future.
Making more headway in that direction is Microsoft Corp. who has
been investing in multiple projects relating to AI. The tech giant
has created a new AI tool which it calls a drawing bot using a
Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) running on two machine
learning models. The bot uses the GAN to generate images based
merely on a descriptive caption.
One machine learning model generates images from text
descriptions, while the other model known as a discriminator uses
descriptions of text to judge the authenticity of generated images,
so that it cannot be tricked. Working together, the discriminator
pushes the generator toward perfection. By using the GAN technique,
AI pays close attention to individual words when generating images
from caption-like text descriptions, thereby achieving a three-fold
uplift in image quality compared to previous text-to-image
According to Microsoft, the bot is even capable of imagining
details while drawing that are not specifically mentioned in the
text, which indicates that the AI contains an artificial
For instance, the below image was created by the drawing bot
simply from the description of a bird with a yellow body, black
wings and a short beak. Although it is not specified in the text
given, the AI elected to place the bird on a branch using
its artificial imagination. Not just birds, the AI tool can
draw anything from ordinary countryside scenes, such as grazing
livestock, to the bizarre, like a floating double-decker bus.
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, Xiaodong He, a principal researcher
and research manager in the Deep Learning Technology Center at
Microsofts research lab in Redmond, Washington, said
in a report on the project. These birds
may not exist in the real world they are just an aspect of our
computers imagination of birds.
Microsoft researcher Pengchuan Zhang said of the research,
You need your machine learning algorithms running
your artificial intelligence to imagine some missing parts of the
images. From the data, the machine learning algorithm learns this
commonsense where the bird should belong.
The research report, which has yet to undergo scientific review,
could act as a sketch assistant to painters and interior designers,
says Microsoft. Mr. H...