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Microsoft Adds Artificial Intelligence to Office 365 and Bing NewsFactor Network

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The company unveiled some of those latest capabilities yesterday during an event in San Francisco. They include a preview version of Insights, a new service that automatically identifies trends and patterns in Excel spreadsheets, along with new intelligent search features for Bing. Yesterday, Microsoft also announced a partnership with the news aggregation and social media site Reddit that will provide Bing searches with relevant results from Reddit conversations and communities. Those results will include content from Reddit's AMA, for "Ask Me Anything," conversations with well-known figures from a wide variety of industries and walks of life. All the AI-powered enhancements Microsoft has been rolling out recently are aimed at providing users with "richer, more useful information," the company said.


Amazon - Press Room - Press Release

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The Gluon interface currently works with Apache MXNet and will support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) in an upcoming release. With the Gluon interface, developers can build machine learning models using a simple Python API and a range of pre-built, optimized neural network components. This makes it easier for developers of all skill levels to build neural networks using simple, concise code, without sacrificing performance. AWS and Microsoft published Gluon's reference specification so other deep learning engines can be integrated with the interface.


AI Weekly: There are more pressing problems than god-like AI

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A religion based around artificial intelligence is in the news again, this time helmed by Anthony Levandowski, a former member of Google's self-driving car team. His argument is that humans will eventually create AI that is more intelligent than we are, making it functionally god-like, so we might as well start planning for that eventuality. His thinking about the rise of super intelligent machines runs parallel to that of Elon Musk, who has been trumpeting the risks of artificial superintelligence on Twitter and in public appearances. But while talking about an AI god grabs headlines, we have more pressing problems to consider. The AI experts I get to speak with aren't concerned about an artificial superintelligence suddenly cropping up in the next few months and taking over the world.


Microsoft's Visual Studio gets new tools to help developers embrace AI

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Microsoft announced today that its Visual Studio integrated development environment is getting a new set of tools aimed at easing the process of building AI systems. Visual Studio Tools for AI is a package that's designed to provide developers with built-in support for creating applications with a wide variety of machine learning frameworks, like Caffe2, TensorFlow, CNTK, and MXNet. Once users have coded up models inside Visual Studio, the AI tools make it easier for them to send that code off to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform for training and deployment. Launching these tools brings a host of advanced capabilities to developers in a point-and-click format that would have previously required the use of a command line interface. It should make building AI systems more accessible for a class of developers that haven't been able to use Visual Studio's rich development environment to its full potential for that purpose.


EY is extending alliance with Microsoft to bring innovative digital solutions to the agribusiness industry

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The initiative will combine EY's technology consulting experience and its agribusiness knowledge with Microsoft's digital suite of tools and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to help companies innovate and transform their businesses. For example, EY and Microsoft will collaborate to develop solutions with a focus on data, analytics and artificial intelligence to support farmers and growers in increasing productivity, and help the industry digitize how crop data is aggregated, monitored and analyzed through e-commerce capabilities. This will help farmers increase efficiencies and competitive advantage using the data they collect on crop production, supply chain, machinery operation, and other business-critical data points. EY and Microsoft announced the initiative at Chicago Ideas Week, an annual festival in October that features more than 200 events spread across the city, during a session about data-driven farming and the role that technology will continue to play in increasing yields and field sustainability. EY and Microsoft are among the sponsors of the event.


Top analysts are betting on these AI growth stocks

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Facebook and Micron are among the favorite ways to play the boom in artificial intelligence, according to top technology analysts. The analysts were identified by looking at the average return of their recommendations and their success rate in those calls, as tracked by TipRanks, a Wall Street analyst database. Here are five favorite AI stocks recommended by the best-performing technology analysts. In 2017, Microsoft changed its strategy from a "mobile-first and cloud-first world" to "an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with AI." And this strategy shift seems to be paying off.


FLEX Concierge: Artificial Intelligence Changes the Digital Workplace - DATAVERSITY

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A recent press release reports, "In what is believed to be a world first, Microsoft Gold Partner ICS Solutions recently announced the launch of their latest revolutionary AI One Stop Bot, the FLEX Concierge. Built from Microsoft's Azure technology, and described as the'Alexa for business', the FLEX Concierge has been designed with the future in mind. Able to interact with any number of bots on the user's behalf, the FLEX Concierge provides a one-stop experience, automating AI technology to deliver streamlined, intuitive self-service. The FLEX Concierge and the exclusive FLEX AI product line-up will be unveiled at Microsoft's annual Future Decoded Expo. Martin Neale, CEO at ICS Solutions explains, 'With the implementation of AI bots set to increase from 350 million to 1.8 billion users over the next three years, it becomes incredibly important to be able to deliver a bot experience that promotes ease-of-use and avoids cluttered digital workplaces.


Microsoft and Alphabet are diving deep into AI

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This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Microsoft and Alphabet's Q3 2017 earnings calls highlighted that artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud are not only major catalysts of growth for the tech giants, but also centerpieces of their long-term strategies. While Alphabet's overall revenue grew 24% year-over-year (YoY) to reach $27.8 billion in the quarter, the company's "Other Revenues" segment -- which lumps together everything from its Pixel smartphone and hardware products to its cloud computing and storage offerings -- generated $3.4 billion, a 12% share of total revenue. And Microsoft reported revenue of $24.5 billion, up 12% YoY, with 28% coming from its Intelligent Cloud segment.


Microsoft and Alphabet are diving deep into AI

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This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Microsoft and Alphabet's Q3 2017 earnings calls highlighted that artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud are not only major catalysts of growth for the tech giants, but also centerpieces of their long-term strategies. While Alphabet's overall revenue grew 24% year-over-year (YoY) to reach $27.8 billion in the quarter, the company's "Other Revenues" segment -- which lumps together everything from its Pixel smartphone and hardware products to its cloud computing and storage offerings -- generated $3.4 billion, a 12% share of total revenue. And Microsoft reported revenue of $24.5 billion, up 12% YoY, with 28% coming from its Intelligent Cloud segment.


Microsoft and Alphabet are diving deep into AI

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This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Microsoft and Alphabet's Q3 2017 earnings calls highlighted that artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud are not only major catalysts of growth for the tech giants, but also centerpieces of their long-term strategies. While Alphabet's overall revenue grew 24% year-over-year (YoY) to reach $27.8 billion in the quarter, the company's "Other Revenues" segment -- which lumps together everything from its Pixel smartphone and hardware products to its cloud computing and storage offerings -- generated $3.4 billion, a 12% share of total revenue. And Microsoft reported revenue of $24.5 billion, up 12% YoY, with 28% coming from its Intelligent Cloud segment.