Susan Hauser, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft speaks with Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research in the above video to discuss about the power of “Blue Sky” research, the insights it uncovers and how past initiatives. Peter Lee cited Worldwide Telescope as an example. Worldwide Telescope was a Blue Sky idea of a researcher at Microsoft in which he wants to explore all the telescopic data in one single window. The technology Microsoft developed to implement WWT is now used when people view geo-spatial data in Power BI today. He also cited how Microsoft Exchange team is using IoT platform to collect data from its data center to predict when the network will go down and act accordingly. Watch the video above! ...

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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 noisy data and more. Watch the full video above.   ...

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  Microsoft Research head Peter Lee spoke to Digital Trends and he discussed about the ongoing projects at MSR, people’s perception about Google X and more. Microsoft Research has 1,100 computer scientists, researchers, and engineers in labs all around the world and combining them with over 1,200 PhD student interns every year, it is one of the largest research organization in the world. When Peter was asked whether he is frustrated by the tech press focusing on Google X than MSR’s work, “Frustrating is not quite the right word,” Lee told Digital Trends, in an interview ahead of the ribbon-cutting ceremony for MSR’s New York City office. “I like Google X. The people there are good friends of mine. Astro [Teller, “Captain of Moonshots” with Google X] took classes from me at Carnegie Mellon, he’s a great guy doing great stuff. But the missions are different. We want to make things better and ship them. ...

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