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Microsoft has big plans for healthcare, and it's taking a different path to the rest of big tech

ZDNet

Healthcare seems to be top of the to-do lists of CEOs of tech's biggest companies: Amazon is launching its own healthcare business, Apple's turning the iPhone into a patient engagement and diagnostics tool, while Google's parent company Alphabet is betting heavily on healthcare through its investment arm, AI and analytics. And the other big tech giant isn't getting left behind either: Microsoft has also got big plans. It's been looking at healthcare in the hope that technology could play a role in helping to address some of the health industry's most pressing problems. Here's a look at the best, most advanced fitness trackers for runners, athletes, and pros. "Some of the longest-standing challenges are around disconnectedness of data, disconnectedness of care teams, and frankly disconnectedness of patients to their own care," says Tom McGuinness, corporate VP of global healthcare & life sciences at Microsoft.


How AI can enhance customer experience

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Many companies seem eager to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, if for no other reason than to be able to let their employees, customers, and business partners know that they're on the leading edge of technology progress. At the same time, a lot of businesses are looking to enhance the experiences of customers and channel partners, in order to increase brand loyalty, boost sales, and gain market share--among other reasons. Some have found a way to combine these goals, using AI-powered tools to improve the way they deliver products, services, and support to their clients and business partners. G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers began its foray into AI and machine learning in January 2020, when it partnered with Microsoft to better understand the AI and machine learning components within Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. With guidance from Microsoft's data science team, "we spent time understanding the environment, required skill sets, and began ingesting various data components within Azure ML to provide predicted outcomes," says Brian Balzer, vice president of digital technology and business transformation at G&J Pepsi.


Future artificial intelligence will happen at the edge

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In the computing world we have gone through several phases. In the beginning organisations usually had one large mainframe computer. This was followed by the era of dumb terminals and eventually by the era of personal computers – the first-time end-users owned the hardware that did the processing. Several years later cloud computing was introduced. People still owned personal computers, but now accessed centralised services in the cloud such as Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox, Trello, and Microsoft Office 365.


Southwest Airlines Co Ranked Among Today's Trending Stocks

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The stock market trembled in the midweek after the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday, 16 June, that it plans to hike interest rates as early as 2023. And though the Nasdaq NDAQ and S&P 500 both recovered fairly quickly from Wednesday's midafternoon slump, the Dow Jones Industrial Index wasn't quite so fortunate. The Fed's policy update deviates from previous estimates from the Fed, which pushed rate hikes out into 2024 and beyond. And while there was no mention of when the Fed will start to roll back its $120 billion per month bond purchase program, rest assured, investors are poised for that blow, too. But until that happens, we can all sit back, breathe a sigh of relief that the Fed didn't sweep the rug out from under our investment accounts overnight, and enjoy this week's trending stocks courtesy of Q.ai. Q.ai runs daily factor models to get the most up-to-date reading on stocks and ETFs.


Weekly Top 10 Automation Articles

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This Week Top Automation write-ups highlight the concern of experts over the use of machine learning tools to create deepfake which could be used to fulfill illegal interests on a larger scale. At one level, the technology is threatening us but on the other hand, it will be helping to provide AI-based ID verification for transactions and other purposes. Moreover, Google just announced that their web services are undergoing a significant transformation and workspace will be available for all users. While Microsoft will allow their Xbox One owners to play next-gen Xbox games through the xCloud service. There is much more to Explore.


Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Invest in Right Now

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Technology has been evolving for decades from the 1950s till 2021, things have changed drastically. The current trend of Artificial Intelligence takes over the present stock market. It has been attracting numerous companies to adapt to the trend, driving investments towards them, due to its increasing demand in the present and future. Investing in digital technologies can create huge revenue in the coming days. Ark Invest, an investment management firm, estimates that Artificial Intelligence is going to add US$30 trillion to the global economy by 2037.


Microsoft is Putting AI to Work for a Sustainable Planet

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Microsoft is using its machine learning technology Azure to fight climate changes, pollution, and other environmental complexities. Azure is providing AI-based computing solutions to work on environmental sustainability projects. Our planet is currently facing a climate crisis and several large tech companies have come forward to assist scientists and researchers to improve the deteriorating situation. Microsoft has enabled its AI and machine learning technologies to fight against such anomalies and drive our planet towards a sustainable future. The company has developed two APIs especially made for Earth and continues to work on more such technologies and initiatives.


Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review: Windows 10 as it is meant to be

The Guardian

Microsoft's sleek and stylish Surface Laptop is back for its fourth generation with faster performance and a greater variety of chips. The Surface Laptop 4 is available with either a 13.5in or a 15in screen and starts at £999 in the UK, $999 in the US or $1,599 in Australia sitting above the Surface Laptop Go as Microsoft's mainstream premium notebook, competing with the similarly priced Dell XPS 13 and Apple MacBook Air, among others. Very little has changed on the outside, matching the dimensions, weight, port selection and design of 2020's Surface Laptop 3. Here tested with a 13.5in screen, it still looks and feels sleek with its aluminium lid, choice of Alcantara fabric or aluminium deck and bright and crisp touch screen. The keyboard is excellent while the large trackpad is smooth and precise. The speakers are loud and clear with reasonable bass for a laptop, while the 720p webcam and microphones are better than most for video calls.


Xbox's June update adds speech-to-text chat feature

Engadget

Xbox's June update is here, and Microsoft has detailed the latest software tweaks Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S users can look forward to trying out on their consoles. To start, the company has officially implemented the speech transcription and text-to-speech synthesis tools it started testing with Xbox Insiders back in May. Now that they're part of the Xbox operating system, you can find both features in the "ease of access" setting tab under the "game and chat transcription." With speech-to-text transcription, your Xbox will transcribe and display what your party says on an adjustable overlay. With text-to-speech, meanwhile, a synthetic voice will read anything you type into party chat.


A Short Discussion on Bias in Machine Learning

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In the last decade, advances in data science and engineering have made possible the development of various data products across industry. Problems that not so long ago were treated as very difficult for machines to tackle are now solved (to some extent) and available at large scale capacities. These include many perceptual-like tasks in computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing (NLP). Nowadays, we can contract large-scale deep learning-based vision systems that can recognize and verify faces on images and videos. In the same way, we can take advantage of large-scaled language models to build conversational bots, analyze large bodies of text to find common patterns, or use translation systems that can work on nearly any modern language.