Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer going to remain the secret sauce of giant tech companies. Microsoft said that it was betting big on'democratising' artificial intelligence and making it'available to all' to help improve lives and transform businesses. Detecting deadly diseases, reducing accident risks, predicting consumer behaviour and helping farmers increase crop yields were some of the AI-based innovations that the world's largest software maker showcased along with its partners at an event here. Is it something that would be really harnessed by some of the biggest companies in the world? Who is AI for?," said Anant Maheshwari, president, Microsoft India, in his keynote address at the company's'AI for All' conference here.
Aside from the services it makes available directly to end users, Microsoft's backbone services are made available to organisations wanting to build their own intelligent tools. The overarching framework is known as Microsoft AI Platform, which ties together a number of more specialised packages such as Microsoft Cognitive Services, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and Microsoft Bot Framework. Removing the need for organisations to host their own expensive and fast-ageing infrastructure is key to CEO Satya Nadella's vision of "democratising AI".
An AI business school that teaches executives how to use artificial intelligence technology to improve their company has been launched by Microsoft. The free, online AI Business School will be the first in the world to help bosses learn about the technology behind AI, how to use it throughout their organisation, prepare their staff for its adoption and ensure it is used responsibly. Lectures and videos lasting up to 10 minutes, which can be accessed on-demand, will feature insights from senior Microsoft staff including Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood, Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela and Executive Vice-President Jean-Phillipe Courtois. Ian Fordham, Chief Learning and Skills Officer at Microsoft UK, said: "According to our own research, half of all UK organisations think their business model will be disrupted by AI within the next five years, yet only 20% of organisations are developing the skills of their staff to harness the potential of this technology to transform their ...
CAPE TOWN – Microsoft South Africa has launched a new initiative called Make Your Wish aimed to help individuals and organisations share their ideas on how artificial intelligence (AI) can bring about changes in the world. Microsoft SA said in a statement: "Make Your Wish will act as a platform to bring ideas and imaginations together from bright minds on implementing Artificial Intelligence and how it could help improve lives – and empower people and organizations to achieve more."