Microsoft Creates New Research Group For Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Corp has created a new artificial intelligence unit, as the company pushes deeper into the fast-growing field. Silicon Valley is diving into artificial intelligence (AI)and machine learning research, an industry estimated to zoom to $70 billion by 2020 from just $8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report that cited IDC research. On Wednesday, Microsoft teamed up with four other big technology companies – Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet unit Google, Facebook Inc and IBM – to create a non-profit organization to advance public understanding of AI technologies. The new unit — Microsoft AI and Research Group — will be headed by Harry Shum, a company veteran who has held senior roles at the Microsoft Research and Bing engineering divisions. “Microsoft has been working in artificial intelligence since…


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