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Microsoft Acquires AI Startup Maluuba:

What hopes do you have for the future of AI as it relates to Microsoft and the technologies you live, work, and play with?

January 25, 2017

On January 13th, Microsoft acquired a startup called Maluuba, which has “one of the world’s most impressive deep learning research labs for natural language understanding”.

Sean Wallbridge says:

Maybe I’m old school but in a world smothered in fake news lately, I don’t want fake data or misdirected goals, objectives or tasks. I want to trust my instincts and planning and not let something decide for me what is best or how to approach my day. Particularly with everyone in a rush to be first, I hope security, privacy and safeguards against those with malicious agendas are deeply rooted in there.

I won’t be closed to it and it will be fun to see if the AI aligns with my goals for the day, but I hope others recognize it is a tool and not follow it like sheep. That would be a very boring, and terrifying workplace.

Bruce Smith says:

Dear Microsoft AI, for techmas I would like:

  • System documentation autogenerated
  • Process diagrams extracted from text documents
  • De-duplication of storage locations in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
  • Natural Language processing to autogenerate classification schemes
  • No annoying personified characters talking to me
Karin Skapski says:

I hope that Microsoft use their deeper AI knowledge to break into the home automation market. It’s the “next big thing”, and I’d love to see a Microsoft contender in that space.

It sounds like their focus right now is on improving their existing technologies. They want to empower companies to work smarter, not harder… and I’m all for it.

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