How Stack Overflow Can Use Microsoft AI to Empower Every Developer

This post is authored by Anand Raman, Chief of Staff for the Cloud AI team at Microsoft.

Artificial Intelligence has emerged as one of the most disruptive forces behind the digital transformation of business. Soon, most enterprises will depend on AI to enhance decision making, reinvent business models and ecosystems, and remake the customer experience. AI will enhance most customer interactions and business processes, including in marketing, sales force analytics, security, fraud detection, forecasting, supply chain analytics, asset management, ERP, manufacturing and process control, recruiting and people management, healthcare analytics, image and video analyses, speech recognition, intelligent communication and collaboration and customer service. By 2018, Gartner expects that most of the world’s largest 200 companies will exploit intelligent apps and use the full toolkit of big data and analytics tools.

Today, at Microsoft Ignite 2017, as we engage in conversations about digital transformation with over 25,000 customers and partners, Microsoft is proud to bring AI to every developer. Our platform innovations let you to use the technologies you love, making you productive right from Day 1.

The Microsoft AI platform provides powerful tools such as the Bot Framework, Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning, and many more, allowing developers to easily and quickly infuse AI into their applications and scenarios, thereby helping them create new intelligent experiences for their users. Powered by the robust capabilities of Azure, the Microsoft AI platform allows developers the openness and flexibility to choose the technology and deep learning framework best suited for their scenario and skills.

Stack Overflow provides the world’s largest developer community. Each month, over 50 million developers come to Stack Overflow to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Here is an example of how Stack Overflow can use Microsoft AI to empower every developer:

The CEO of Stack Overflow, Joel Spolsky, often says, “Developers are writing the script for the future,” and that is definitely the case when it comes to AI. The knowledge shared on Stack Overflow includes an ever-growing pool of information on AI and related topics, including machine learning, natural language processing and deep learning. From C to Lisp to Java to Python, professional developers and those learning the craft are eager to learn, share and build their careers around this important programming field. Stack Overflow is passionate about creating a place for developers to engage and enable one another to drive transformative change in society, and supporting knowledge sharing and the use of AI on the Stack Overflow platform will bring more opportunities for developers to do so.

We are excited to share the sample code for a Stack Overflow bot, powered by Microsoft AI – it’s available at https://aka.ms/stackoverflow-bot-sample.

Here are a couple of resources to get you started:

We hope this will inspire developers to use this sample code, and use it to create innovative AI experiences for Stack Overflow that they can share with the community.

Anand