Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?

Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest? Neural networks have mastered the ability to label things in images, and now they’re learning to tell stories from a set of photos. When social-media users upload photographs and caption them, they don’t just label their contents. They tell a story, which gives the photos context and additional emotional meaning. A paper published by Microsoft Research describes an image captioning system that mimics humans’ unique style of visual storytelling. Companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook have spent years teaching computers to label the contents of images, but this new research takes it a step further by teaching a neural-network-based system to infer a story from several images. Someday it could be used to automatically generate descriptions for sets of images, or to bring…


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