Posts Tagged 'Microsoft'

Takeaways: O’Reilly AI Part 3

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Among the featured speakers at the O’Reilly AI Conference were Lili Cheng of Microsoft Research, and Oren Etzioni, director of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Their views offer contrasting perspectives: AI product design and development lessons from Microsoft and some hard data about expectations for market development from the AI think tank.

Lili Cheng, Microsoft Research. Microsoft’s bot, Xaoice, now with 40 million users, was rolled out first in China, and then Japan. Like Amazon’s Echo, it has a suite ...

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CEO Roundup — Views On AI from 5 Top Tech Execs

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Business Insider offers a capsule summary of the current views on AI held by five of the most influential executives in technology: Eric Schmidt of Google, Elon Musk of Tesla & Space X, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

On malicious AI, with the exception of Musk, they trend non-alarmist. On near-term and medium-term opportunities, they are cautiously optimistic.

Satya Nadella, in particular, has a recent nuanced view articulated in Slate.

The bottom line is that ...

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Racing to be the Google of the Conversation Age

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Slate’s senior technology writer Will Oremus makes a cover story out of the current state of the experience(s) of engaging with our voice-recognizing consumer digital assistants. Looking at Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s mobile search app, Facebook’s M, and of course Apple’s Siri, Oremus puts together a thorough, critical, textured, and often amusing account of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we may be headed in conversational relationships with cognitive services.

Read more at Slate

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Microsoft In Recovery Room After Tay

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Microsoft appears to have been emboldened by the success of its Xiaoice chat bot in China to try a US-based chat bot with the personality of a 19-year-old girl in order to attract the 18-24 year-old demographic. What it found was that the US market responded to the introduction by attacking the bot’s learning algorithms with hate speech and “training” Tay to be an eager participant within its first few hours online.

Microsoft acted at once to shut down the experiment ...

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Big Data and Cognitive Computing – Part 4

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In Part 3 of this series, we took up the important issues that come up on the level of functional description as terms are fired off to delineate (or not) big data and cognitive computing. We found that confusion tends to arise immediately from the many statements we can read which appear to wrap big data and cognitive computing into the same phenomenon.

We also found that conversations around big data analytics often seem to ignore the reality that an application ...

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Microsoft Makes Deep Learning Toolkit Available on GitHub

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Microsoft announced that it has open sourced its Computational Networks Toolkit and that the software is now available to the public at hosting service GitHub. Microsoft used the toolkit to help train the Cortana personal assistant product in language recognition – at a rate an order of magnitude faster than with prior approaches.

Read more at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Predicts Cortana To Replace Browser

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Onstage at Tim O’Reilly’s Next:Economy conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella discussed the coming role of smart assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana as browser-killers. Tomorrow, voice interfaces and cognitive software will take care of all the typing and lousy navigation choices we throw at browsers today, according to Nadella.

Read commentary from the O’Reilly Next:Economy conference at Business Insider

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