Today, Microsoft released an AI-powered image generator for its Bing search engine. The Bing Image Creator will use an “advanced version” of OpenAI’s DALL-E model, enabling Bing users to produce images simply by describing what they wish to create.
According to Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of consumer marketing, the Bing Image Creator will be integrated into the Bing chat experience for those in the Bing preview, beginning with Creative mode. By typing in an image description, providing additional contexts such as location or activity, and selecting an art style, Image Creator will create an image based on the user’s imagination.
In addition, Microsoft is extending the Bing Image Creator to its Edge browser. A new icon will appear in the Edge sidebar, enabling users to create images in a text entry prompt. “We will initially only include Image Creator in the creative mode of Bing chat, and we intend to make it available in balanced and precise mode over time,” says Mehdi.
Bing preview users can access the image creator through the standard chatbot prompt or via Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s rapid pursuit of AI-powered text-to-image capabilities for Bing raises concerns about the potential for generating harmful images. Experts have cautioned that text-to-image systems can produce images that may be utilized for p*rpaganda, h*rassment, misinformation, and other scandalous purposes.