Satya Nadella on Microsoft’s AI ambitions: We are using AI to empower people

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Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, has said that Microsoft is pursuing artificial intelligence (AI) not for the purpose of beating humans at games, but to empower organisations and people around the world to solve some of the most pressing issues as well as take the global economy at a better level.

Speaking at the opening day of ‘Microsoft’s Ignite’ conference as the keynote speaker, Nadella provided few details about Microsoft’s intention with AI. Nadella said that they are looking for answers to the question of how can computational power be used to solve major problems and to garner a better sense of the world around us.

“It’s not about having AI that beats humans in games, it’s about helping everyone achieve more – humans and machines working together to make the world a better place,” he said.

He outlined the firm’s four pillars to democratise AI: Agents, applications, services, and infrastructure at Philips Arena, just across the street from the Georgia World Congress Center.

“We’re taking a four-pronged approach to how we think about Microsoft AI and how we pursue this bold ambition to democratise AI for all: We’re going to harness artificial intelligence to fundamentally change how we interact with the ambient computing, the agents, in our lives,” he said.

“We will infuse every application that we interact with, on any device, at any point in time, with intelligence. We’ll make these same intelligent capabilities that are infused in our own apps – the cognitive capabilities – available to every application developer in the world,” Nadella said.

Nadella said Microsoft is building the world’s most powerful AI supercomputer and making it available to anyone, via the cloud, to enable all to harness its power and tackle AI challenges, large and small.

Features such as handwriting recognition in Windows 10, or the ability to use Hello to unlock a device are just some of Microsoft’s recent AI projects, he said.

Nadella also mentioned how the company could use relationship data from LinkedIn, which it acquired in June.

‘Microsoft’s Ignite’, the largest conference in the technology industry with a major focus on security, intelligence and the cloud platform that empowers IT professionals to lead digital transformation for their organisations.

The second annual conference from September 26-30 showcases the software giant’s enterprise products and services, while providing valuable IT training. It also provides opportunities for IT professionals to get together for collaboration and networking.