Build 2016: The Keynote Was a Declaration of Conscience for the Company

The rise of the bots is one takeaway message from this morning’s Build 2016 keynote. But that’s really not a surprise if you’ve been paying attention to Microsoft for the past few years — the company’s made no secret about its belief in machine learning and its quest to automate sequential, information-rich tasks. The real surprise of the keynote was how much of it was focused on a message that technology is a social issue. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella set the terms for the keynote’s subsequent two hours with “There is a much more mainstream dialougue to have about the role of role of technology in our society, and it is the right time to have it, because tech is so mainstream. It is embedded in our industries and in our…


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