When Microsoft developed a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and released it to the public last month, the system seemed capable of accurately analyzing and describing pictures automatically. The giant software company wanted to join other software giants in the AI game with its program named CaptionBot. But as things stand, this program isn’t living up to its expected potential.
By creating CaptionBot, Microsoft was creating a solution to a problem that had been giving many people problems: properly captioning a photo. The program was created to analyze pictures and properly formulate captions. While it’s spot on most of the time with its picture results, it can go dreadfully wrong with others. For instance, it thought that US First Lady Michelle Obama was a cell phone, captioning her picture in the arms of President Obama; “I’m not really confident, but I think it’s a man in a suit, talking on a cell phone.”
Apart from Michelle Obama’s faux pas, CaptionBot recently mistook an elbow for a woman brushing her teeth. That’s not all; the system caused social media frenzy when it confused the infamous blue/black/white/gold dress to be a cat wearing a tie, but this is excusable, because nobody actually knew the answer to the viral dress at first either.
Of course, one shouldn’t expect an AI system to get it 100 percent right all the time, but when it doesn’t live up to its enormous potential, people become skeptical. For now, let’s embrace it and have some fun. Upload some photos and let CaptionBot analyze them and have a field day full of hilarious results.