If you want to caption a presentation for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, you typically have to do it yourself. Google might just save you that trouble -- it's launching an automatic closed captioning feature for Slides. Plug a microphone into your computer, hit a "CC" button and Slides will automatically caption your speech as you walk through the presentation. As the captions arrive in real-time, you don't have to worry about stopping on each slide to give your audience a chance to read. The project was prompted by an internal hackathon where accessibility engineers Laura D'Aquila and Abigail Klein noticed that it was difficult for the hearing impaired to follow some presentations.
What you're trying to do, when you tell a story, is to write about an event in your life that made you feel some particular way. And what you're trying to do, when you tell a story, is to get the audience to have that same feeling. While we don't typically associate the art of copywriting with social media captions, the two are deeply intertwined. A really good caption informs us about the things we cannot immediately see and encourages us to look at an image or video more closely. From specific writing techniques to the psychology behind bringing your stories and captions to life, you'll leave today's episode with several new copywriting tactics and strategies to try.
Cartoons have been part of The New Yorker since the very beginning, in 1925. For most of the magazine's history, you, the readers, participated just by enjoying their wit, whimsy, and social commentary. But, back in 1998, in a special Cartoon Issue, we introduced the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest. The contest was an annual event until 2005, when it became the feature you now see on the back page of the magazine every week. For ten years, you have not only been enjoying the cartoons but helping create them.
Wikipedia is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is there a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips and all that, but there's also the occasional presence of glorious hidden gems. The following photo caption alteration, which was tweeted on Tuesday and quickly made waves on social media, is the perfect example of this. Who would have believed that the perfect Wikipedia photo caption could have been improved upon? pic.twitter.com/pLedKWbs1o That photo can be found halfway down an article about the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902.
It's one thing to generate a caption for an image (a difficult problem) it's another to generate human-esque captions (a very difficult problem). Patterns of speech are complex, and the uncanny valley is wide. With all the effort being put in to GANs lately, it was only a matter of time before someone used them to generate better captions. The discriminator compares a set of generated sentences to both the image and each other. The generator produces categorical variables (e.g.