A couple months back, Microsoft introduced a ‘Custom Vision’ program to the public, which allowed anybody to design their own AI way easier than before. And with almost limitless potential, Geoff Boeing has decided to use the tech to create a City Describer.

This personal project by a Ph.D. candidate in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, is basically an AI-architecture curator that can describe photos of cities. Now it has been turned into a Twitter channel where Geoff shows off the best and worst guesses by the AI, with the latter ones being especially hilarious.

Boeing uses images from Reddit’s ‘CityPorn’ community and feeds them to the program which, at least in theory, should learn and adapt to make more accurate guesses in the future.

More info: City Describer (h/t: designtaxi)

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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John Doe
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2 years ago

go home AI, you're drunk

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John Doe
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2 years ago

i almost spilled water on my colleague. no more BP today

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just a thought !
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2 years ago

Or a game of Tetris !

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Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago

Close

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Paul K. Johnson
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2 years ago

... said Godzilla.

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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Daniel Losinger
Community Member
2 years ago

Correct

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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Var Vas
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2 years ago

tbh, it does look like a tree

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Sheralyn
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2 years ago

Eerily accurate.

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M O'Connell
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2 years ago

Who knows, maybe this started out as a gigapixel image and they're actually right.

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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libby D
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1 year ago

What?

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Sunzilla
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2 years ago

This AI has something against cathedrals...

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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Robert Bailey
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2 years ago

yes, they are inside the buildings.

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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Clau Razo
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2 years ago

cottoned people i guess

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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earringnut
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2 years ago

even a human has to admit the short square building does look like a chip of some kind.

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M O'Connell
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2 years ago

Tell that AI to stop reading Twain...

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DE Ray
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2 years ago

If you listen closely, you can hear them. "I walk along the avenue, I never thought I'd meet a girl like you, oo-oo..."

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M O'Connell
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2 years ago

Looking at a zoomed long-exposure, I'm surprised it got any of it right.

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Char Char
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2 years ago

yep.

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Gen Hughes
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2 years ago

Wat

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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Evie Heaven
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like it manages to get 1 out of 5 semicorrect.

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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earringnut
Community Member
2 years ago

technically true

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Maria Beilschmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes.

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 years ago

correct

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Microsoft’s Ai Fails At Captioning Picturesque Cityscapes To Hilarious Effect

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Maria Beilschmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

If it had only foregone the erroneous detail...

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Maria Beilschmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

See. Keep it general and you're more likely to rack up a win.

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Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

By Brunelleschi, Florence

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Evie Heaven
Community Member
2 years ago

NEXT?

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earringnut
Community Member
2 years ago

if that's the space needle then that would be a large body of water with a mountain in the background

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Robert Bailey
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2 years ago

Kinda.

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