Here is its analysis of a photo of Tillman, the skateboarding dog (RIP), trying out a surfboard:
I also tried running a meme through Captionbot:
This person tried another, very bad meme, and the answer was not good:
As Microsoft explains, Caption bot, like the rest of its AI projects, is still learning, so Microsoft is hoping it will more accurately describe images as more people play with it.
So let’s turn down the difficulty level a little bit, and try a cat:
Okay. What about the pope taking a selfie?
What about the president?
So right now, you might be thinking, “Hey! that’s not bad. Maybe Caption Bot is trying to say that the president is just ‘a man,’ like the rest of us.”
Except Caption Bot can recognize some people by name. Just not, in this case, the president. Here is Caption Bot’s response to a random image I uploaded of Agent Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson from O.G.-era “X-files:”
It seems, to varying degrees, to be able to identify several other celebrities. The bot recognized Anderson’s former co-star David Duchovny, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Lawrence, but not OPRAH, and it was only kind of sure about Carl Sagan, as you saw at the beginning of this piece.
Don’t try cartoons, though:
Guys, please be nice.
If you’d like to play around with Caption Bot for yourself, it lives here.