Microsoft today kicked off its sixth annual TechForum at Microsoft’s new Envisioning Center. Craig Mundie, senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer, and Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer along with other senior Microsoft executives presented their vision for the future of technology to a group of journalists. It also featured latest technology demos and prototypes some of which like ViralSearch, SketchInsight, etc,.
Microsoft focused on three areas for this year’s TechForum,
- The Arrival of Big Data: The massive explosion of data from machines, sensors and people—along with the broad availability of affordable cloud services at scale—are bringing us powerful new tools that turn data into insight.
- Systems That Learn: 21st-century computers aren’t just told what to do—they learn. Dramatic improvements in machine learning are leading to systems that can absorb the vast amounts of data we are collecting, discern knowledge, and project futures.
- More “Human” Natural User Interfaces (or NUI): This is a topic we’ve covered a great deal here on NEXT—and a trend that includes speech, gesture, and touch to interact with computing systems. Yet NUI is much more than simply those input modalities. It enables a world where technology understands what we are doing and what we need or want. As a result, our interactions with computing systems will be more like working with an expert helper with human-like senses.
Read more at Next at Microsoft.