A project tagged “Met x Microsoft x MIT” partnership born out of last December collaboration between New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a combination of Microsoft’s AI technology and the museum’s data, part of the Met’s Open Access Program, designed to make the museum’s art collections more accessible on the Web.
Microsoft partnered with New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on a series of “hackathon projects" - with Microsoft Azure cloud services, including Azure Cognitive Services, conversational AI, and Azure Machine Learning, employed in the making of the projects that pair the company’s AI with Met’s collection of artwork to transform connections between people and art.
Albeit, the projects are still in developmental stage, it's not yet certain if and when it will become publicly available, but the different collaborations include: Tag, that’s it!: Which suggests the pairing of humans with machines to crowdsource keywords for art works from the Met archives, and using those keywords, they will suggest related art on the Web in conjunction with the Wikimedia platforms.
Another instance, Artwork of the Day: Utilizes Bing search engine's photograph on homepage, tagged Artwork of the Day in a slightly different genre. It uses AI to match a piece of art in the Met collections that relates to events of the day or an individual, based on available public information.
Third on the list, Storyteller: Takes a different perspective from the “Tag!” hack: with telling a story out loud, Microsoft’s conversational AI listens in for related keywords and select the appropriate art to illustrate the story. And Microsoft plans to make it possible to share the resulting stream of arts on social media or print out.
Then, My Life, my Met: Changes the focus to you and your social media feed; it intelligently matches the images in on Instagram feed with the over 400,000 images that are available via The Met’s Open Access program.
Finally, the Gen studio: Makes images the actual hack, whereby each image is matched against other works of art in the Met archive, with the intent that users will be able to explore cross-cultural connections, that is enact visual relationships between cultures. For instance. the images of the sun in Mayan art works could lead into depictions of the sun in Native American or African art.