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What The Bot? Captionbot Goes Bonkers

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Nailed It! (Mashable/Microsoft)

Mere weeks after Microsoft had to shut down its Tay chatbot for sending offensive tweets, the company might be in for another AI-related embarrassment – albeit probably not as serious.

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Nailed It! (Mashable/Microsoft)

This time, the culprit is Captionbot, an AI experiment that tries to recognize what’s on a photo and come up with a text caption. Launched in late March, Captionbot actually does a pretty good job in many examples, but it’s also horridly wrong in others, and when that happens, social media can be unforgiving.

 

David Sim @davidSim (Twitter) #captionbot
David Sim @davidSim (Twitter) #captionbot

In one example, Captionbot mistakes the First Lady Michelle Obama for a cellphone. In another, it thinks the famous blue/black/white/gold dress is a cat wearing a tie. (Or a suitcase, see image above).

It’s not just that Captionbot is sometimes wrong — it’d be absurd to expect it to always be right in a world where even humans struggle to understand what’s in a CAPTCHA image. But things get awkward when it’s not only wrong, but weird. Check out some examples HERE.

 

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By Stan Schroeder, Mashable, April 14, 2016

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