“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~Arthur C. Clarke

Happy February!  I’ve been seeing a lot of hype for Microsoft Copilot. I thought I would see if it was good for anything.  I started with a search for copilot.  It is available at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-copilot.  From there, I signed into my Microsoft account and started asking questions.

Q: What is Copilot?

A: Copilot is an AI-powered digital assistant developed by Microsoft. It is designed to help users with a variety of tasks, including writing, coding, and more. Copilot uses advanced language models to understand natural language prompts and provide relevant responses. It can be used in select Microsoft 365 apps and offers a range of features to enhance productivity and creativity. Copilot is available in both free and premium versions, with the latter offering additional AI-powered features

Q: Will the free version of copilot  generate pictures?

A Yes, Microsoft Copilot offers a free version of its image creation tool called Designer. With Designer, you can create up to 15 images per day using AI. You can generate more images, but you may have to wait and take your chances on not too many other people also trying to make images.

Q: How do I generate a picture in copilot?

A: To generate an image in Microsoft Copilot, you can use the Designer tool. Designer is a free version of Copilot’s image creation tool that allows you to create up to 15 images per day using AI . Here are the steps to generate an image:

1. Open Edge or Chrome browser and go to Google.

2. Type “Copilot Microsoft” and open the link.

3. Sign in with your Microsoft ID or create one if you don’t have.

4. Type a command like “create an image of something” and hit enter.

5. Choose an image from the options and download, save or share it.

Q: Can you draw dahlias?

A: (My side note-Dahlias don’t come in blue and the petals are typically less pointy.  I know this because I have a dahlia farm.)

Copilot draws dahlias-attempt 1

Q:  Can you generate images of ball form dahlias?

A: (My side note- Better, but dahlias don’t come in green or blue)

Copilot draws dahlias-attempt 2

Q: Can you generate an image of formal dahlias in red, orange and yellow?

A: (My side note- Now we’re talking!  This picture is acceptable!)

Copilot draws dahlias-attempt 3

Conclusion:  I asked Copilot to write this newsletter for me.  It balked.

I asked Copilot to write an essay about Copilot.  It refused.

I asked Copilot specific questions concerning what it is, what it can do, what the differences are between free and pro, what does pro cost?  It was able to answer all questions succinctly and quickly.  In case you are curious, Pro is $20/month/user. And Pro will allow you to create 100 images per day, free is limited to 15 images per day. 

I asked it to predict who would win the presidential election and it favors Biden.  I asked about the war in Israel and it gave me a list of facts without bias.  I asked if a whole foods, plant based diet could reverse heart disease and it came back affirmative.  All responses to the last three questions had the following disclaimer:  Please note that the situation is constantly evolving, and the information provided here may not be up-to-date.

This was a fun little project. It did speed up my writing of the newsletter.  It’s only flaw:  It does not insert snarky comments!  But then, I’m not certain I want it to.  If it did, I might be out of a job.

Until Next Month, Stay Safe, Keep Learning, Happy Valentines Day.

Happy Valentines Day 2024