Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate

Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s AI’s operate independently of each other, but in the future they’ll need to cooperate and Microsoft wants to teach them how.   I live in the countryside in the UK, and I also visited France a lot when I was a child, so I...

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Skype can now translate ten languages in real time

Skype can now translate ten languages in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past five decades the world has got immeasurably smaller but language is still a barrier, but that’s all beginning to change.   Yes, it’s a small world. Or so we’re told. The advent of the telephone and the internet made distance irrelevant and...

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Microsoft will offer DNA storage in the cloud by 2020

Microsoft will offer DNA storage in the cloud by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the amount of information on the planet exploding and traditional storage technologies reaching their theoretical limits we need a new way to store the torrents of data society is creating, and DNA storage looks increasingly like it’s the answer.   Microsoft, who last year...

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World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions

World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Showcasing how AI will destroy the world is easy but finding a solution isn’t.   Today’s press is full of column inches on the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on society. On one side of the fence AI optimists predict a brave new world...

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Wall Street supremo’s pile into a new AI hedge fund dubbed the future of finance

Wall Street supremo’s pile into a new AI hedge fund dubbed the future of finance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Until now the financial services industry has never been able to benefit from a network effect, but that’s about to change and it could tip Wall Street on its head.   The “Network Effect” is a phenomenon known the world over, it’s where a service...

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Microsoft’s AI has learnt how to write it’s own code and create its own programs

Microsoft’s AI has learnt how to write it’s own code and create its own programs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI that can code and build new computer programs from scratch could change the world, give rise to a whole new generation of entrepreneurs. And put a lot of people out of jobs…   For many of us the digital world’s an alien place....

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Bromium’s micro-virtualisation technology stops Malware in its tracks

Bromium’s micro-virtualisation technology stops Malware in its tracks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially companies are turning to virtualisation to help them contain attacks, and it looks like it’s working.   Speak to anyone – anyone at all, even your grandmother, and they’ll tell you that the number of cyber attacks...

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Google and Facebook are building the worlds fastest trans Pacific internet cable

Google and Facebook are building the worlds fastest trans Pacific internet cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global internet use is exploding and more of the internet giants are taking it upon themselves to fund their own trans oceanic internet cables in order to secure spectrum, decrease latency and improve security   The world of submarine internet cables is vast and its...

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Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI  ...

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GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As emerging technologies combine we’re entering the era where we can talk to machines in the same way we talk to other people – and the possibilities are staggering.   As more and more emerging technologies mature – or, at least improve, we are gradually...

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Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer

Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are millions of times more powerful than todays traditional computers, if they can be developed and bought into the mainstream humanity will see major innovation breakthroughs across the board, from drug discovery to space travel.   Microsoft, who earlier last year release a...

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Ukraines army uses Hololens to make their tanks invisible

Ukraines army uses Hololens to make their tanks invisible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Augmented reality systems can be used in novel ways to change how you see the world and they have cross industry applications.   In the latest example of consumer technology adapted for military applications, Microsoft’s Hololens is being put to work to allow tank crews...

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World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After almost forty years of research speech recognition systems are now as good as humans.   Microsoft have announced that they have made a major breakthrough in speech recognition and created a technology that, finally, recognises the words in conversational speech as well as humans do –...

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UN backs ID2020 blockchain consortium to give 2 billion people an identity

UN backs ID2020 blockchain consortium to give 2 billion people an identity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UN is backing a blockchain consortium to help them give a voice, and recognition, to over 2 billion people.   According to the United Nations there are over 2 billion people who have no way of proving who they are. And while at first glance...

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Techs biggest names are working together to regulate AI research

Techs biggest names are working together to regulate AI research

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI, the Genie we’ve let out of the bottle is on the cusp of improving at an exponential rate and we need to talk about the potential consequences.   Artificial intelligence is hitting its stride, already giving us machines that can drive themselves, talk to...

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Nasdaq-GE blockchain paves the way for Virtual Power Plants and distributed energy grids

Nasdaq-GE blockchain paves the way for Virtual Power Plants and distributed energy grids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nasdaq imagines a day when you can bypass the local power company and buy power from whoever you like – even your neighbours.   Imagine a day when the national rail company buys its power from collectives of neighbourhood consortiums who have an excess from...

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Microsoft experiments with underwater datacenters

Microsoft experiments with underwater datacenters

The oceans are home to coral reefs, ship wrecks and now – datacenters Continuing its long tradition of datacenter experimentation in the name of efficiency, Microsoft announced it has been testing an unusual new datacenter concept – placing servers underwater out in the ocean. Close to half of today’s society...

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Microsoft wants to democratise Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft wants to democratise Artificial Intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft wants to to give everyone access to artificial intelligence and a supercomputer.   Earlier this year, Google’s DeepMind artificial brain conquered a world class champion at the game of Go — a feat that even amazed Elon Musk. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is less impressed, at...

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Microsoft is turning Azure into the world’s largest supercomputer

Microsoft is turning Azure into the world’s largest supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft has been toying around with FPGAs and now they’re on track to turn Azure into the world’s biggest supercomputer.   Microsoft is embarking on a major upgrade of its Azure cloud platform and while the new hardware that the company is installing in its 34...

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Machine learning boosts Google’s translation capabilities to near human levels

Machine learning boosts Google’s translation capabilities to near human levels

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology behind Google’s AlphaGo is about to give Google Translate a major upgrade and it’s within a whisker of being as good at it as humans are.   Last year, a computer system built by a team of Google engineers beat one of the world’s...

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