Microsoft Thinks AI Will Fill Your Blind Spots, Not Take Over Your Job

Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research, speaking in London. Recommended for You Hot on the heels of Google, Microsoft has launched an initiative that it hopes will enable humans and artificial intelligence to complement each other more effectively. At an event in London on Wednesday, Microsoft announced that it’s bringing together a new team of 100 engineers and researchers under the umbrella of Microsoft Research AI at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The company says that it’s an effort to break down barriers between people who have until now been working across separate areas of AI. Speaking at the event, Eric Horvitz, the managing director of Microsoft Research, said that he thinks the initiative will put Microsoft on “the path to understanding the mysteries of human intellect.”  A big part of the initiative is to help improve human-AI collaboration. “When computers can speak human [and] balance the smarts of IQ with the empathy of EQ … then every human will be able collaborate with computers,” explained Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s AI and Research Group. The move echoes a similar announcement earlier this week from Google (50 Smartest Companies 2017), which launched its new People + AI Research (PAIR) program…

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