Move over, DeepMind, and step aside, OpenAI; you're not the only tech leaders who have an eye on the future of artificial intelligence (A.I.), the propagation of these systems, and how developments on this front could drastically impact both the digital marketplace and the everyday lives of people across the globe.
As Bloomberg's Jeremy Kahn reports, Microsoft is expanding its operations in Redmond, Washington, via an all-new research lab that is focused exclusively on the promotion of A.I. technology and advancements. Known officially as Microsoft Research AI, this new subdivision of the organization intends to bring together more than 100 scientists from across the complete A.I. landscape (including experts in perception, learning, natural language processing, and reasoning) in an effort to harness the full capabilities of machine learning and its various functions.
Digging a little deeper, Microsoft Research AI will further differentiate itself from other members of this community by focusing its combined energy and efforts on a "general" A.I. system. While most contemporary A.I. systems (known as "narrow" A.I.) aim to tackle singular tasks exclusively, such as visualizing routes for autonomous vehicles and streamlining automotive production facilities, the programs developed by the Microsoft Research AI team will seek to handle a variety of tasks and projects at a high level concurrently.
In other words, If the team behind the newly-formed Microsoft Research AI lab has its way, the next wave of A.I. programs will move from specialized systems to "one size fits all" problem-solvers.
Obviously, reaching the top of this mountain and developing a true general A.I. system is quite the hurdle to overcome. Even still, it's hard not to get a little excited at the notion of A.I. that is capable of fitting seamlessly into a variety of different facets of our modern lives.
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