Microsoft puts AI front and center with research overhaul

Microsoft has announced the formation of its AI and Research Group, which it says will help the company democratize artificial intelligence use across individuals and organizations. The group unites Microsoft Research, which has been its own unit since 1991, with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers working on the company’s artificial intelligence products. 20-year Microsoft veteran Harry Shum will lead the group as executive vice president, and the group is hiring. MORE: Microsoft research on why Micro Datacenters really matter to mobile’s future News of the Microsoft AI and Research Group came a day after the company announced the Partnership on AI with Amazon, Facebook, Google and IBM in an effort to “study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an…


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