Tech Giants Race to Develop Machine Intelligence

ENLARGE ‘That’s really what this next wave of technology innovation is about,’ Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella says of machine learning. ‘But in order to be able to do that, you need data, and LinkedIn represents that.’ Photo: Associated Press By Jay Greene Jay Greene The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @greene iamjaygreene Google+ jay.greene@wsj.com June 14, 2016 6:06 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.62 % ’s $26.2 billion deal to buy LinkedIn Corp. LNKD -0.30 % is the latest step in a tight race among tech giants to give their wares a semblance of human smarts. The software giant and its arch competitors aim to mine vast quantities of data—searches, emails, text messages, social networks, browsing behavior, and so on—for insights that would help them serve…


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