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Microsoft announced that it is adding image-generating capabilities to its Bing AI chatbot. Bing preview users can now generate images by typing “create an image,” followed by a prompt.

The more detailed the prompt, the more specific and accurate the output will be, as with other AI-powered image generators. However, not all Bing preview users can use this feature immediately, as Microsoft is rolling it out in phases. Initially, it will only be available in the Bing’s “Creative mode”, which is the most prone to giving inaccurate answers and information.

Advanced version of the DALL-E generator

Microsoft is making significant investments in AI technology. Microsoft previously used OpenAI’s GPT-4 model before it was publicly announced. There is speculation that Microsoft now uses a more powerful pre-release version of the DALL-E model.

To prevent harmful content from being generated by the chatbot, Microsoft is implementing additional safeguards in addition to OpenAI’s built-in restrictions for DALL-E. If the system detects a potentially harmful image that could be generated by a prompt, it blocks the prompt and warns the user.

Each AI-generated image created by the Image Creator will feature a modified Bing icon in the bottom-left corner to indicate that the image was generated using AI.

A push for more AI

The company’s multi-year, multi-billion-dollar partnership with OpenAI has made all these projects possible. The Bing chatbot’s “Creative” mode will give users a glimpse into Microsoft’s advancements in AI technology. Users must opt into the preview to access the Bing chatbot’s features. The preview is invite-only, but the company accepts new sign-ups.

Copilot, an AI tool for generating documents, emails, notes, and presentations, was announced last week with the new Bing features. Microsoft is pushing to add more AI features in its products.

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