We have seen many projects from Microsoft Research around Artificial Intelligence in the past. Today, Long Zheng posted a old video in which Eric Horvitz, the co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond and a distinguished scientist in the field of artificial intelligence at TEDxAustin spoke about Microsoft’s work in Artificial Intelligence.
He spoke about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning,
Distinguished Scientist and co-director at Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz, shares the human side of advancing machine intelligence.
An admitted advocate for empowering machines to perform more fluidly with us, he explains how computational systems will complement human cognition in order to anticipate our needs and help us prepare for inevitable surprises of all scale and size In nurturing and supportive ways.
When Readwrite profiled Peter Lee, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Research, he spoke about MSR’s short term and long term goals. He said the following about Disruptive (Also Known As “Moon Shots”) work that they are working on.
Here is what we can do that is disruptive, expand world views and understandings and what is possible with computing. I call this our Disruptive quadrant. This is our mandate to invent. And so there is a lot of focus on this right now. Doors are wide open all over the company for us to invent things. There is a lot going on right here. These are often imagination expanding, demonstrations. About a year and a half ago we did this demo where my boss at the time [Microsoft Research founder] Rick Rashid was able to give a speech to a bunch of students in China, speaking in Mandarin in his own voice. That sort of demonstration is, as you mentioned, sort of like Watson. It doesn’t necessarily break new ground in the science but it is a demonstration that changes peoples’ views of what computing can do today.
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