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Microsoft's AI-Powered Drawing Bot Turns Text into Images

January 18, 2018 / Pedro Hernandez

Microsoft already has already developed an artificial intelligence application that turns images into descriptive text. For example, the software maker's Seeing AI app for Apple iOS devices turns images captured by the camera into text that is then spoken aloud to visually impaired users. Now, the company's researchers have built a new AI system, simply dubbed "drawing bot," that can turn text descriptions into images. Before coming full circle, Microsoft Research began its journey with CaptionBot, a machine learning technology that adds captions to photos. They then revisited the company's research on a neural network-based system that can process visual information as a human would and answers questions about a photo's content.