Microsoft forms AI division of 5000, joins industry AI partnership

Following up on CEO Satya Nadella’s Monday keynote at this week’s Ignite conference, Microsoft has apparently formed an artificial intelligence division to meet the vision he outlined of smarter machines to help people be more productive and make better decisions. Also announced today is an alliance between the major players in the artificial intelligence space. Amazon, Facebook, Google DeepMind, IBM and Microsoft have reportedly teamed up to “address opportunities and challenges with AI technologies to benefit people and society.” The companies will participate in the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, to be known as “Partnership on AI.” Nadella famously remarked in his keynote that Microsoft was not pursuing AI to win games—an apparent swipe at both IBM and Google. Instead, he sees AI as a way to…


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