Do you recall Microsoft s how-old.net site, a facial recognition API used to guess your age and gender? What was aimed to be a fun tool, turned out to be a joke on social media with several pointing out Microsoft s age guessing app was from being right. Now, Microsoft has launched another AI-based website and app that can recognizes dogs and classifies them by their breed. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this categoryAlso Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
Users can access Microsoft s new tool – https://www.what-dog.net or download the iOS app Fetch! from Apple‘s App Store. The app also has a collection of breeds that includes information such as disposition, size, coat and what types of families are best suited for each. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
In case the app fails to figure out dog s breed, it will show a percentage of the closest breed. If you plan to use the app just for fun, the app is supposed to tell you that it s not a dog photo. Microsoft says fun starts when you start to upload your own photo, the app will tell what type of dog it thinks you are, but also why.
We did try out this feature and the results are kind of funny and at the same time interesting. Check it out below:
The tool has been developed by the Microsoft Garage team, which in the past have launched HowOld.net, TwinsOrNot.net, MyMoustache.net and Mimicker Alarm.
Explaining the technology behind, Microsoft says what-dog.net uses some powerful new machine learning technology to deliver interesting results for all kinds of photos.
There was an interest in creating a framework that would allow you to take a domain in our case, dogs and recognize numerous classes, such as breeds. We were interested in enabling an app to allow you to make object recognition extraordinary, fun and surprising, says Mitch Goldberg, a development director at Microsoft Research whose Cambridge, U.K based team built the experience.
We wanted to bring artificial intelligence to the canine world. We wanted to show that object recognition is something anyone could understand and interact with, he added.
As expected, Microsoft s new tool is also drawing flak for not being accurate. Tom Warren of The Verge writes the app told his cat is in fact 70 percent Beagle.
Under the disguise of too much fur and a bumble bee suit, it appears that my cat is in fact 70 percent Beagle. I knew it. Microsoft says Beagle’s are happy, playful, merry, and gentle. My cat is none of those things with a bumble bee suit on, he wrote.
Lily Hay Newman at Slate writes, When I wasn’t trying to trick it, the service did make some impressive guesses. But it also made a lot of mistakes. Maybe Fetch! will get better as more people feed it data to learn from. For now it’s pretty delightful as is and a great excuse to look at dog photos.