The age of intelligence is here. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the power to augment human ingenuity and extend our capabilities, helping us achieve significantly more. When made accessible to everyone, AI is transforming industries, making us more productive, and helping solve society’s biggest challenges. This intelligent technology is already improving our lives today and promises to change the world tomorrow in ways unimaginable to us now.
Over the years, some aspects have significantly helped AI cross that chasm and go mainstream across all industries:
- Cheap parallel computation, including leveraging GPUs
- Big data
- Better machine learning algorithms
A recent McKinsey research study states that companies with these advanced digital capabilities across assets, operations, and workforces grow revenue and market shares faster than peers. They improve profit margins three times more rapidly than average and, often have been the fastest innovators and the disruptors in their sectors—and in some cases beyond them.
Microsoft has been advancing in the areas of artificial intelligence for past two decades — and this vision is coming to life with new chatbot Zo, Cortana Devices SDK and Skills Kit , and expansion of intelligence tools.
As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls AI the “ultimate breakthrough” in technology—our vision is to build systems that have true artificial intelligence across agents, applications, services and infrastructure.
The top three benefits emerging across multiple industries and use cases, as well as a glimpse into how we are very committed to simplifying the development of AI systems, are highlighted below:
- A novel thread of innovation you’ll see in our products is the deep integration of AI with data. The close integration of AI functions into databases, data lakes, and the cloud to simplify the deployment of intelligent applications.
- The use of AI within our services to enhance performance and data security.
- The flexibility for developers to compose multiple cloud services into various design patterns for AI, while leveraging Windows, Linux, Python, R, Spark, Hadoop, and other open source tools in building such systems.
At Microsoft, we are investing in AI and machine learning and making it the core of our strategy. Businesses leveraging this technology are magnifying the benefits many-fold. Predictive analytics has helped Rolls-Royce optimize airplane engine performance significantly. Rolls-Royce applied the predictive analytics capabilities of Cortana Intelligence Suite and Azure IoT Suite to access massive data from diverse sources to more than 13,000 engines for commercial aircraft in service around the world. This helped them not only reduce fuel consumption and minimize maintenance costs, but also improve the customer experience. With highly scalable and sophisticated data analytics services built on the Azure platform, Rolls-Royce’s plan to use Microsoft’s advanced data analytics capabilities to improve the reliability and efficiency of air travel has already taken off.
Besides, let’s not restrict AI only for sales, marketing, and services. Finance, for example, can immediately follow-up when sales closes an opportunity, or HR can better work with departments on peer reviews and talent acquisition. Just think: if you could increase the productivity of every department, you could grow your business that much faster. So, let’s embrace the growth that AI, cloud computing and machine learning can bring as powerful tools to help transform the world.