Microsoft Research developing machine intelligence that can evaluate images and provide answers

Microsoft Research is all about machine intelligence. There’s Cortana, of course, which is powered by Bing. There’s Project Oxford that delves into all sorts of image and sound identification possibilities. And now we have Microsoft Research working with Carnegie Mellon University to teach machines to more deeply analyze images and act much more human. The current work builds on previous efforts to automatically caption images, which involved a system that can recognize the elements in a scene and provide meaning by captioning an image in the same way as a human might do. That’s only a first step, however, because a caption does not provide context for how to act within the context of what a scene involves. There’s a lot going on in this scene, from the dog in the…


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