The name is Bot, Chatbot: How to shake up conversions with stirring conversations

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Columnist Purna Virji explains why an AI-driven conversation agent can potentially be the best sales assistant you have, and provides advice for how to plan and implement your own chatbot.

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July 22nd 2017 microsoft

Cloud-computing growth drives Microsoft quarterly earnings beat

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Commercial Cloud revenue run-rate was just under $19B, almost $2B in phone-related losses helped, too.

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July 22nd 2017 microsoft

Microsoft’s Path Guide is an unconventional approach to indoor navigation

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 Indoor mapping is one of those problems that seems to only have solutions that involve a great deal of money and infrastructure: beacons, lasers, emitters, scanners… who wants to install those in malls across the world? Microsoft Research has produced an indoor navigation app that keeps things simple, using existing sensors and the fact that people already go most of the places you want… Read More

July 15th 2017 microsoft, Mobile

Cortana can now do price comparisons when you’re shopping online

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 Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana will now be able to save you money when you’re shopping online. The company announced today that it will begin a pilot test of a new Cortana feature that will pop up the best price and availability of similar products, when you’re shopping the websites of over a dozen top retailers in the U.S., including Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Best Buy,… Read More

June 10th 2017 microsoft

Now that it owns SlideShare, Microsoft is closing its own file-sharing service Docs.com

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 Microsoft announced today it will retire its older file-sharing site Docs.com on December 15, 2017, as a result of its LinkedIn acquisition. With LinkedIn, Microsoft also gained access to SlideShare, a top file-sharing network on the web – and one’s that’s now far more heavily used than Microsoft’s own Docs.com. SlideShare “represents the ideal platform for… Read More

June 10th 2017 microsoft

Microsoft’s Azure Stack preview adds support for Azure Functions and App Service

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 Azure Stack is one of Microsoft’s most ambitious projects in the data center space. The goal of Azure Stack is, at its core, to bring many of the features of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform into the enterprise data center. While there are some obvious advantages to using public cloud services like Azure, AWS or Google Cloud, after all, for many customers, running their… Read More

April 7th 2017 microsoft

Amazon’s Rekognition learns to guess your age

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screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-10-30-27-am You know how old you are. You know how old your friends think you are. Heck, you even know how old Microsoft thinks you are. But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter? Until now, the only way for you to know how old Amazon thought you were was to look at products recommended to you. I apparently spent too much time researching sci-fi short stories yesterday… Read More

February 11th 2017 microsoft

Microsoft CEO: We Are Not Anywhere Close To Achieving Artificial General Intelligence

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Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, recently was interviewed by Ludwig Siegele of The Economist about the future of AI (artificial intelligence) at the DLD in Munich, Germany where he spoke about the need to democratize the technology so that it is part of every company and every product. Here’s an excerpt transcribed from the video interview:

What is AI?

The way I have defined AI in simple terms is we are trying to teach machines to learn so that they can do things that humans do, but in turn help humans. It’s augmenting what we have. We’re still in the mainframe era of it.

There has definitely been an amazing renaissance of AI and machine learning. In the last five years there’s one particular type of AI called deep neural net that has really helped us, especially with perception, our ability to hear or see. That’s all phenomenal, but if you ask are we anywhere close to what people reference, artificial general intelligence… No. The ability to do a lot of interesting things with AI, absolutely.

The next phase to me is how can we democratize this access? Instead of worshiping the 4, 5 or 6 companies that have a lot of AI, to actually saying that AI is everywhere in all the companies we work with, every interface, every human interaction is AI powered.

What is the current state of AI?

If you’re modeling the world, or actually simulating the world, that’s the current state of machine learning and AI. But if you can simulate the brain and the judgements it can make and transfer learning it can exhibit… If you can go from topic to topic, from domain to domain and learn, then you will get to AGI, or artificial general intelligence. You could say we are on our march toward that.

The fact that we are in those early stages where we are at least being able to recognize and free text, things like keeping track of things, by modeling essentially what it knows about me and my world and my work is the stage we are at.

Explain democratization of AI?

Sure, 100 years from now, 50 years from now, we’ll look back at this era and say there’s been some new moral philosopher who really set the stage as to how we should make those decisions. In lieu of that though one thing that we’re doing is to say that we are creating AI in our products, we are making a set of design decisions and just like with the user interface, let’s establish a set of guidelines for tasteful AI.

The first one is, let’s build AI that augments human capability. Let us create AI that helps create more trust in technology because of security and privacy considerations. Let us create transparency in this black box. It’s a very hard technical problem, but let’s strive toward saying how do I open up the black box for inspection?

How do we create algorithm accountability? That’s another very hard problem because I can say I created an algorithm that learns on its own so how can I be held accountable? In reality we are. How do we make sure that no unconscious bias that the designer has is somehow making it in? Those are hard challenges that we are going to go tackle along with AI creation.

Just like quality, in the past we’ve thought about security, quality and software engineering. I think one of the things we find is that for all of our progress with AI the quality of the software stack, to be able to ensure the things we have historically ensured in software are actually pretty weak. We have to go work on that.

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January 19th 2017 microsoft, Technology

Crunch Report | Nintendo Switch Hits the Market on March 3

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Nintendo Switch to hit the market on March 3, San Francisco District Attorney brings lawsuit against Lily, Moon Express is going to the Moon and Microsoft buys AI startup Maluuba. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

January 14th 2017 microsoft, News, Technology

The latest Windows Insider build will help you sleep better

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Launch of Microsoft's Windows 10 in Sydney on July 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Microsoft launched one of its larger Insider Builds for Windows 10 today. The new version (15002) includes a plethora of new features that touch everything from the Start menu to the Edge browser, Windows Ink, Cortana, Defender and Windows’ built-in accessibility features. All of those are great, but the one new feature that may make the biggest difference in your day-to-day use of… Read More

January 10th 2017 microsoft