Peter Lee, Corporate VP and Head of Microsoft Research at Microsoft was recently interviewed at FiRe 2014 conference by BBC presenter Ed Butler. The topic of discussion was “Artificial Intelligence Helping Humans: Future Research”. Peter started by talking about what Microsoft Research, how it is well funded by Microsoft and how it touches all parts of Microsoft with its work. Microsoft Research also contributed significantly to the Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone. He said that Cortana in its current form is the least which you can derive from mining data from users and he expects it to grow in many other ways in the future. He also talks about the limits of Cortana like situational awareness, correlation of data from lots of┬ánoisy data and more. Watch the full video above.   ...

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Reuters yesterday reported that Microsoft has signed a deal with Chinese Internet security specialist Qihoo 360 Technology in which both the companies will work on mobile Internet and artificial intelligence technology. The report claims that there will be technology exchanges in artificial intelligence. But, both Microsoft and Qihoo declined to provide comment on this deal. The tie-up with Qihoo, known for its security software, mobile application store and search engine, comes as Microsoft struggles with scrutiny from China’s government and state-owned businesses over the security of its products. U.S. technology companies are battling anti-American sentiment in China. Firms like Microsoft, Apple Inc and Google Inc have been accused by state media of working with the U.S. government in cyber-espionage, with doubts raised about their products’ security. Source: Reuters ...

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