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Reviewing Google's AI Test Kitchen and Microsoft's Copilot
Posted On March 12, 2024
I decided to check out Google’s AI Test Kitchen, and during my research, I also ended up learning about Microsoft’s Copilot. I was particularly interested in AI-based image creation and audio content. I was hoping to use the images to develop better posts for my X (formerly Twitter) account. Let’s start off with the AI Test Kitchen.


So, why was the AI Test Kitchen created? If you head over to the FAQ page, you’ll see that it is a “place where people can experience and give feedback on some of Google’s latest AI technologies.” Those who are in the U.S., Kenya, New Zealand, and Australia will be able to access MusicFX, ImageFX, and TextFX from the AI Test Kitchen.

MusicFX allows you to make music. It is powered by Google’s MusicLM technology. When I logged into the tool, I could see the prompt screen, where I entered “Music for the next generation librarian” (see Figure 1).

an example of how to use MusicFX, with the prompt "Music for the next generation librarian"Figure 1

The output that was created was 30 seconds long, and I could choose to download it or share it. Let’s say I wanted to change up the music that was produced. I could select from the options provided, including saxophone, violins, or rock and roll. Note: If you decide to delete MusicFX data, and you had generated a link for the music you created, it will no longer be available via that link.

ImageFX allows users to develop synthetic images. It is powered by Google’s Imagen 2 technology, and I was impressed with what could be developed with it. I am trying to improve the statistics associated with my X account, so I was hoping to use ImageFX to create images that could be added in response to posts. For example, in response to a post asking about a preference between a mango and a dragon fruit, I typed a response and shared the image developed by ImageFX. Another prompt I tried was a request for an image of a next-generation librarian. I downloaded the image and paired it with the audio content created using the free version of Clideo’s video editor. I then decided to upload the project to YouTube (see Figure 2).

The video I made using Clideo, available on YouTubeFigure 2

TextFX is a writing tool generating creative uses of text and language. It is powered by Google’s PaLM 2 technology. I decided to try the Scene option—other options include Acronym, POV, Fuse, Unfold, and Simile—so I entered “librarian at work” and received three short scene descriptors (see Figure 3).

three scenes provided when using the prompt "librarian at work" on TextFX: A cart full of books that are waiting to be shelved; A librarian helping a patron find a book; A librarian sitting at a desk, surrounded by booksFigure 3

If someone has to write fiction and wants to be more detailed in the description of a character doing their job, this might be quite helpful.


In addition to Google’s AI Test Kitchen tools, I looked at Microsoft’s Copilot. I decided to log in using my laptop, and I was particularly interested in seeing what kind of visuals this tool could develop. I typed in that I wanted an image of a librarian. Four images were generated, all of women with glasses surrounded by books. I had the option to re-create an image I had selected, and it could be represented as pixel art, watercolor, block print, etc. (see Figure 4).

one of the images provided by Copilot from the prompt, an image of a librarianFigure 4

Now, what about music? If you’re already using Copilot in Microsoft Edge, toggle Suno under the Plugins listed near recent activity. I typed in “generate music for the librarian,” and it created a song titled “The Melody in the Stacks.” Suno differs from MusicFX in that this product offers lyrics and vocals in addition to music. Lyrics included, “The silence broken by the rustlin’ of pages / I find solace / In this haven of knowledge” and “In every corner, every shelf, every nook / Our hearts beat to the rhythm of words in a book.” Note: If you choose to delete the request to create a song from your history, the link does still work for the audio content developed (as of this writing, anyway). I was not able to download the file from the link in order to upload it elsewhere. MusicFX currently allows you to download the file in MP3 format.

Sophia Guevara received both her M.L.I.S. and master of public administration degrees from Wayne State University. She is a columnist for Information Today and has also been published in Computers in Libraries, Online Searcher, and Information Outlook.

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