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

ICYMI: Recent Microsoft AI Updates, Including in Custom Speech Recognition, Voice Output, and Video Indexing

A quick recap of three recent posts about Microsoft AI platform developments – just in case you missed it. 1. Start Building Your Own Code-Free, Custom Speech Recognition Models Microsoft is at the forefront of speech recognition, having reached human parity on the Switchboard research benchmark. This technology is truly capable of transforming our daily lives,… Read more

A New Real-Time AI Platform from Microsoft, and a Speech Recognition Milestone

Re-posted from the Microsoft Research blog. Microsoft had a couple of major AI -related announcements earlier this week, summarized below. Project Brainwave, for Real-Time AI Microsoft unveiled Project Brainwave earlier this week. A new deep learning acceleration platform, Project Brainwave represents a big leap forward in performance and flexibility for serving cloud-based deep learning models…. Read more

Virtual Reality Games, Digital Signs & Swedish Apartments Get a Boost with Microsoft AI & Machine Learning

A peek at recent customer stories involving the application of Microsoft AI, Big Data & Machine Learning. Your Voice is the Controller in an Immersive New VR Game from Human Interact Human Interact is a VR storytelling startup based in Champaign, Illinois, and Starship Commander is one their newest VR games. One of the goals… Read more

17 Predictions for 2017, from Women in Microsoft Global Research

Re-posted from the Microsoft Next blog. As we celebrate Computer Science Education Week, it’s ever more critical for everyone around the globe to be digitally literate. This is particularly true for women and girls, as they represent half of the world’s population but account for barely 20 percent of computer science graduates in 34 OECD countries,… Read more

Empowering Developers with AI & Deep Learning

Re-posted from the Azure blog. Deep Learning is powering many of the biggest breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence in recent times, spanning areas such as speech recognition, language understanding and computer vision. Indeed, Deep Learning is now changing the very customer experience around many Microsoft products, including HoloLens, Skype, Cortana, Office 365, Bing and more. Our… Read more

Major Breakthroughs from Microsoft Research this Week – in Conversational Speech, FPGA Acceleration & Genomic Sequencing

Reposted from the Microsoft Next blog. This has been a week of extraordinary breakthroughs from Microsoft Research, and this post recaps three major announcements: 1. Historic Achievement: Microsoft Researchers Reach Human Parity in Conversational Speech Recognition Microsoft has made a major breakthrough in speech recognition, creating a technology that recognizes the words in a conversation… Read more

Microsoft Releases Open Source Deep Learning Toolkit on GitHub

Reposted from the Microsoft Next blog. Microsoft is releasing its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) on GitHub, making the very efficient AI tools used by its own researchers available to the broad developer and data science community. Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s Chief Speech Scientist, and his team were anxious to make faster improvements to how well computers… Read more

WIRED: How Skype Used AI to Build Its Amazing New Language Translator

Re-posted from an article that recently appeared on “… a new Microsoft technology that seems borrowed from the world of Star Trek” “… a Skype add-on that listens to the English words you speak into Microsoft’s internet phone-calling software and translates them into Spanish, or vice versa.” “… an amazing technology, and it’s based on… Read more