Microsoft Ignite: Nadella outlines 4 pillars for democratizing AI

Image: Microsoft Microsoft will continue to focus on artificial intelligence (AI), according to CEO Satya Nadella, who also explained the company’s approach to the technology on Monday at the 2016 Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta, GA. At the Innovation Keynote, Nadella outlined the firm’s four pillars to democratizing AI: Agents, applications, services, and infrastructure. As Nadella stated from the beginning of the keynote, Microsoft’s goal is to “democratize AI.” In what might have been a subtle jab at Google’s DeepMind, he said that Microsoft is “not pursuing AI to beat humans at games,” but rather to empower people and organizations. Features such as handwriting recognition in Windows 10, or the ability to use Hello to unlock a device are just some of Microsoft’s recent AI projects. However, their overall approach…


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