Translating War and Peace in 2.6 seconds: Microsoft enters the AI realm

Microsoft has leaped onto the accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) bandwagon with CEO Satya Nadella’s announcement of Microsoft’s goal to democratize AI during his keynote at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta. With this announcement, Microsoft joins a group of mainstream companies that have recently said they are embracing the technology. In the weeks before Ignite, Salesforce announced the addition of an AI called Einstein to its products, and SAS Institute announced Aristotle. Then, of course, there’s the granddaddy of modern AI, IBM Watson, plus the multiple intelligent assistants on mobile devices, including Microsoft’s own Cortana. There are, Nadella said, four pillars to AI: agents, apps, services, and infrastructure, and Microsoft plays in all four realms. Its agent, Cortana, has already answered over 12 billion questions from 133 million active users…


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