Microsoft released Bing Image Creator on Tuesday; the AI-powered image generator is meant to make Bing a “more visual” search engine. The OpenAI Dall-E artificial intelligence tool for making images from text inputs is used in the generator.
For the first time, Microsoft has announced that chat can be used to create both textual and visual content.
New Bing, which uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 technology, and Microsoft’s Edge browser will both feature the image-making tool. According to Microsoft, “first and only browser with an integrated image generator” describes Edge after the new feature is released.
“By typing in a description of an image, providing additional context like location or activity, and choosing an art style, Image Creator will generate an image from your own imagination,” Microsoft head of consumer marketing Yusuf Mehdi said in a statement. “It’s like your creative copilot.”
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Companies have been racing to release their own artificial intelligence (AI) tools and services since the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot at the end of last year.
On Tuesday, Google started rolling out its AI chatbot, Bard, to users in the United States and the United Kingdom. Like Dall-E, Adobe has begun beta testing its own generative AI tools, such as one that can generate images in response to text input.
To promote “responsible use” of the AI image generator, Microsoft is collaborating with OpenAI. Deepfakes are images or videos that have been faked using AI tools with the intention of doing harm.
There will be a Bing logo on every image made by the Image Creator to label it as a product of the AI. Microsoft has stated that it will warn users and block potentially harmful prompts.
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Microsoft provided numerous screenshots of Bing conversations to illustrate the process through which Bing image producers will operate. A user requests an image of an astronaut among sunflowers from outer space in one of these conversations with Bing.
Following the instructions, Picture Maker spits out four images that match the description in the now-familiar style of AI-generated art. Another graphic shows a user asking Bing to visualize a living room for them. Four additional illustrations are provided by image generators, which eschew the previously cited digital art in favor of a more realistic appearance. Microsoft then depicts a user downloading one of those photos and sharing it on social media.
Disastrous deployment of Bing
After the disastrous deployment of the Bing chatbot, in which journalists and other users coaxed strange and often embarrassing responses out of the bot, Microsoft is taking precautions to prevent a repeat. The firm claims it will only roll out the image creators to a select group of users this time around before making it available to the public at large.
At launch, you’ll be able to use Picture Maker solely in a “creative” mode where the AI makes more innovative and unique creations. Balanced and Precise modes, on the other hand, are said to focus more on presenting accurate information.
“We continue to believe the best way to bring these technologies to market is to test them carefully, in the open, where everyone can provide feedback,” Mehdi added.
Microsoft also shared that all Bing users can now access AI-powered visual stories and knowledge cards.
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