Microsoft has launched a new portal to showcase its research projects, dubbed Microsoft Innovation, which details about the fusion of art and science, biological computation, the next-generation of AI and creating planetary computer.
While Microsoft research in artificial intelligence (AI) is dated back to over two decades, though restricted to internal deployment, now the company is working to bring it to everyone through simple, yet powerful online tools.
The company in the new portal, has created interactive web pages to give users a better idea of what the projects is all about. The future wearables, for instance, is described as a smart scarf fitted with various sensors which changes color based on the user’s immediate situation. It also emits different colors based on the quality of the environment of the user or a brighter light at night.
Microsoft created a plug-and-play platform called Project Brookdale which allows fabric designers to create such smart wearables without any coding skills.
AI at Scale: The Next Generation AI
Microsoft envisages how computers can more fully understand the world around us in ways that extend our capabilities and amplify our ingenuity with the AI at scale aspect.
With computers now perfect at learning from huge amounts of data, efficiently organizing and retrieving all the information, and rapidly processing them to derive solutions. And humans are now much more effective at solving problems requiring judgement, empathy and creativity.
Therefore, for computers to augment humans imagination and inspire us to innovate, there is need to translate raw data into a deeper understanding of human experience. That future is a lot closer than you might think, with this high ambition to enable the next generation of AI experiences, by training computers to become a more natural extension of ourselves and empower us to achieve more.
The company also talks about other futuristic technologies that you’ll probably only imagine, for instance, talking to plants. And of course, Microsoft has been working on Project Florence for a couple of years, along with Helen Steiner, that will allow people to text something like “Good Day” to a plant and perhaps get a response.