The art of AI: Microsoft bot draws what you describe

Bird drawn by AI
This sequence of images shows how a drawing bot gradually creates an image of a bird with a yellow body, black wings and a short beak. (Tao Xu et al. via Microsoft)

Want to order up a drawing? Say you want a picture of a bird with a yellow crown and black rings around its eyes. Or a still life showing swirls of pasta with broccoli, carrots and onions.

Now there’s a bot for that.

Researchers have enlisted artificial intelligence tools, including computer vision and natural language processing, to program a “drawing bot” that can create a picture from the ground up, based merely on a descriptive caption.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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