How Can Autonomous Drones Help the Energy and Utilities Industry?

Welcome to How AI Transforms Business, a new series featuring insights from conversations with Microsoft partners who are combining deep industry knowledge with AI in novel ways and, in doing so, creating leading-edge intelligent business solutions for our digital age. Our first episode features eSmart Systems, which is in the business of creating solutions to… Read more

Machine Reading at Scale – Transfer Learning for Large Text Corpuses

This post is authored by Anusua Trivedi, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft. This post builds on the MRC Blog where we discussed how machine reading comprehension (MRC) can help us “transfer learn” any text. In this post, we introduce the notion of and the need for machine reading at scale, and for transfer learning on… Read more

This New [AI] Software Constantly Improves – and that Makes all the Difference

Based on a recent conversation between Joseph Sirosh, CTO for AI at Microsoft, and Roger Magoulas, VP of Radar at O’Reilly Media. Link to video recording below. Joseph and Roger had an interesting conversation at the recently concluded O’Reilly AI Conference in San Francisco where Joseph delivered a keynote talk on Connected Arms. Their discussion… Read more

AI-Based Virtual Tutors – The Future of Education?

This post is co-authored by Chun Ming Chin, Technical Program Manager, and Max Kaznady, Senior Data Scientist, of Microsoft, with Luyi Huang, Nicholas Kao and James Tayali, students at University of California at Berkeley. This blog post is about the UC Berkeley Virtual Tutor project and the speech recognition technologies that were tested as part… Read more

How to Implement AI-First Business Models at Scale

Earlier this week, MIT, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, released their second global study looking at AI adoption in industry. A top finding of this report is that the leading companies in AI adoption are now convinced of the value of AI and are now facing the challenge of moving beyond individual point solutions… Read more

Data Center Scale Computing and Artificial Intelligence with Matei Zaharia, Inventor of Apache Spark

Matei Zaharia, Chief Technologist at Databricks & Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, in conversation with Joseph Sirosh, Chief Technology Officer of Artificial Intelligence in Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business At Microsoft, we are privileged to work with individuals whose ideas are blazing a trail, transforming entire businesses through the power of the cloud,… Read more

Pioneers in AI – Conversations with AI Thought Leaders

At Microsoft, we are privileged to work with individuals whose ideas are blazing a trail, transforming entire businesses through the power of the cloud, big data and artificial intelligence. Our new Pioneers in AI series features insights from such pathbreakers. Join us as we dive into these innovators’ ideas and the solutions they are bringing… Read more

Why Would Prosthetic Arms Need to See or Connect to Cloud AI?

Based on “Connected Arms”, a keynote talk at the O’Reilly AI Conference delivered by Joseph Sirosh, CTO for AI at Microsoft. Content reposted from this O’Reilly Media website. There are over 1 million new amputees every year, i.e. one every 30 seconds – a truly shocking statistic. The World Health Organization estimates that between 30… Read more

Connected Arms – Can AI Revolutionize Prosthetic Devices & Make them More Affordable?

Re-posted from the Azure blog channel In an earlier post, we explored how several top teams at this year’s Imagine Cup had Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the core of their winning solutions. From helping farmers identify and manage crop disease to helping the hearing-impaired, this year’s finalists tackled difficult problems that affect people from all… Read more

See How AI is Inspiring the Next Generation of Developers

This post is authored by Nile Wilson, Software Engineer Intern at Microsoft. Imagine Cup 2018 winning teams: smartARM (first place, front and center), iCry2Talk (second place, attired in pink), and Mediated Ear (third place, at the right). Every year, Microsoft hosts the Imagine Cup, a global competition bringing together creative, bright, and motivated students to… Read more