Microsoft sets up $3.5 million competition for artificial-intelligence startups

#AI: Microsoft sets up $3.5 million competition for artificial-intelligence startups #Tech

  • Microsoft Ventures will invest $3.5 million in artificial-intelligence startups after competitions for the money in North America, Europe and Israel.
  • The bake-off, dubbed Innovate.Ai, will see Microsoft Ventures award $1 million loans that convert to an equity stake to one startup each from North America, Europe and Israel.
  • A separate, $500,000 investment will go to a startup Microsoft judges to be building products designed to improve society.
  • Israel is a hotbed of cutting-edge software research; Microsoft’s startup investment arm has an office there, and the company has acquired a few Israeli startups in recent years.
  • Microsoft has leaned heavily on such freebies to get companies interested in its technology after Amazon Web Services built a wide lead in providing cloud-computing services to startups.

Microsoft Ventures will invest $3.5 million in artificial-intelligence startups after competitions for the money in North America, Europe and Israel. Plans for the Innovate.Ai awards come as Microsoft ramps up its corporate focus on software that uses machine learning.
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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Growing Business

  • While the merits of providing everyone with a minimum income have been debated for many years, the practicality of the government providing it to the people has been non-existent at least until recently.
  • This is because the many services that government provides already, including welfare, healthcare, and the like are taking up so much in terms of money that simply providing every person with a minimum income seems like a simpler solution.
  • What was once limited to science fiction, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has now become a part of the internet in helping businesses grow.
  • For those in the low-income bracket, the future looks bright thanks to the many avenues available to help people make money through Microsoft, Google, Tesla, and other companies dedicated to providing economic access to the power.
  • Big online companies such as Google and Microsoft for example can use their considerable pull to provide the following;

    While the idea of a secure, minimum income has been around for several decades, it may come true thanks to the internet and the ability of large online companies to provide opportunities for millions of people who otherwise would be limited in how they could earn a living.

How Can We Guarantee a Secure Minimum Income for Everyone? How can it be achieved without damaging the fabric of society?Explore the answers in my article.
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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Growing Business

  • While the merits of providing everyone with a minimum income have been debated for many years, the practicality of the government providing it to the people has been non-existent at least until recently.
  • This is because the many services that government provides already, including welfare, healthcare, and the like are taking up so much in terms of money that simply providing every person with a minimum income seems like a simpler solution.
  • What was once limited to science fiction, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has now become a part of the internet in helping businesses grow.
  • For those in the low-income bracket, the future looks bright thanks to the many avenues available to help people make money through Microsoft, Google, Tesla, and other companies dedicated to providing economic access to the power.
  • Big online companies such as Google and Microsoft for example can use their considerable pull to provide the following;

    While the idea of a secure, minimum income has been around for several decades, it may come true thanks to the internet and the ability of large online companies to provide opportunities for millions of people who otherwise would be limited in how they could earn a living.

How Can We Guarantee a Secure Minimum Income for Everyone? How can it be achieved without damaging the fabric of society?Explore the answers in my article.
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Tencent Finally Makes a Big Bet on Artificial Intelligence — The Information

Tencent Finally Makes a Big Bet on #ArtificialIntelligence  #ai

  • Tencent, the company behind China’s largest social network and the world’s biggest online games business, always gets props for its products—but not necessarily for its cutting-edge tech.
  • It will be run by former Microsoft principal researcher Yu Dong, who announced he was joining Tencent at an artificial intelligence conference in March.
  • Mr. Yu is a leading speech recognition expert who spent nearly two decades at Microsoft.

Tencent, the company behind China’s largest social network and the world’s biggest online games business, always gets props for its products—but not necessarily for its cutting-edge tech. Now the juggernaut is taking steps to change that perception with a big push into AI.The owner of the WeChat …
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New $27 million fund backs research into artificial intelligence for the public interest

New $27 million fund backs research into #artificialintelligence for the public interest  #AI

  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence , whose motto is “AI for the common good.”
  • New $27 million fund backs research into artificial intelligence for the public interest
  • Amazon gives out 5,000 bananas a day in Seattle
  • The fund’s backers said they would collaborate with existing AI research efforts, including an “AI Now” symposium scheduled for July 10 at MIT Media Lab.
  • Amazon falls behind Disney, but beats Netflix, in study ranking millennials’ intimacy with brands

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Omidyar Network are anchoring a newly formed $27 million fund to support research into the social impacts of AI.
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Cortana’s coming to robots and smart devices via Windows 10 for the Internet of Things

  • Microsoft is bringing the features to Windows IoT Core that you’d need for a Cortana-powered speaker.
  • Windows IoT Core can sometimes lag a little behind Windows 10 PC releases so it’s not clear when the IoT version will roll out.
  • Microsoft hopes to see the first Cortana-powered IoT devices roll out in late 2017 around the back-to-school or holiday shopping seasons.
  • Microsoft doesn’t appear to have any interest in making its own smart speaker.
  • If Microsoft and its device partners hit that target we could see Cortana-powered devices show up as early as Computex 2017 next May.

Cortana is coming to your coffee maker courtesy of Windows IoT Core and the Windows 10 Creators Update.
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Are Robots the Future of Customer Engagement?

Are #Robots the Future of Customer Engagement?
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  • Most brands are smarter than Microsoft to publicly release their bots before all the kinks are worked out, but this shows that brands are pushing to use this new technology.
  • Chatbots, better known as bots , are computer programs that conduct a conversation with auditory and/or textual methods.
  • Bots that operate with rules have limited capabilities and can only respond to specific commands, meaning if you venture into a topic outside the guidelines they won’t know how to respond.
  • As Bots allow consumers to instantly interact with the world around them through conversation, the day will soon come when people will want to engage with a brand’s bot.
  • Jeff Lesser, Twitter’s Head of Social Customer Service, at the recent Corporate Social Media Summit New York said that customer service is the top reason why people follow brands on Twitter.


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