Yesterday Adobe posted a video showing a product currently in the works, and it involves a digital assistant, or rudimentary AI. At MAX last year, Adobe did say they were investing in AI research, and this appears to be the first glimpse of what they meant by that.

Though it’s incredibly basic and doesn’t actually show a working product, it does start the conversation of “what if you could do [blank] with AI?”

In this case, what if an AI could edit photos for you?

“Our Adobe Research team is exploring what an intelligent digital assistant photo editing might look like. To envision this, we combined the emerging science of voice interaction with a deep understanding of both creative workflows and the creative aspirations of our customers.

“Our speech recognition system is able to directly accept natural user voice instructions for image editing either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service.  This is a first step towards a robust multimodal voice-based interface which allows our creative customers to search and edit images in an easy and engaging way using Adobe mobile applications.”

This is how Adobe says the tech works:

  • The team combined the emerging science of voice interaction with a deep understanding of both creative workflows and the creative aspirations of its customers.
  • This speech recognition system is able to directly accept natural user voice instructions for image editing, either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service.

So that begs the question, what if you could just talk to your computer, ask it to start a project for you while also downloading assets from the cloud? What if you could say, “Adobe, import Smith Wedding folder into a new Premiere file,” while you were working on something else? Maybe even something more simple, like “Adobe, swap colors” in Photoshop, letting you keep you hands where they were without navigating to the panel or using a keyboard shortcut.

Could be interesting.

[Via TechCrunch]