Microsoft created the AI and Research Group, a 5,000 person group to be led by Microsoft Researcher EVP Harry Shum. Formed with teams from the Information Platform, Cortana and Bing, and Ambient Computing and Robotics teams, the AI and Research Group will work to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into everything Microsoft does from applications to infrastructure to the cloud.
To bring AI into the mainstream, Microsoft founded the collaborative industry group Partnership on AI with Facebook, Amazon, Google and IBM. The mission of the group is:
To study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.
The group will formalize the collaboration and research already underway and smooth the way for a future with more competent digital AI assistants and commerce bots. Here is the link to our AI article.