The miracle of the five loaves and two fish

Well, who’d have thought things would be so quickly heading into the world of AI!  Twitter’s acquisition of Magic Pony in 2015 was just the beginning of Silicon Valley’s hunger to buy anything in the machine learning space.  More fish and loaves are needed, as we have a disturbing famine of Computer Scientists, especially with knowledge of the ML and the AI space.

Microsoft are moving around some 5,000 computer scientists and engineers to focus on the company’s AI product efforts. This will accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to customers across agents, apps, services and infrastructure.  This will be their new direction, and new faith.  We just need to keep down the costs of feeding and watering them!

Its a cool move and if they get it right they will build the most powerful AI supercomputer with Azure.  Given many of the Office 365 services now are consumers of Azure services like Cortana intelligence, Delve, Office Graph and PowerBI this just crafts a layer of sophistication to an area they are clearly already heavily invested in.

It should democratize artificial intelligence by making AI and its benefits available to every individual and business.  It will creep into every aspect of your life.  A lot of technological advancements today already make it possible to tightly control selling and buying, detecting how we live our lives and influencing our decisioning it through machine learning.

That’s pretty cool – if  little scary, but it does reinforce that you need to spend some time learning about stuff like machine learning and the current capabilities of the Cortana Intelligence Suite and complimentary products from other vendors.  If you don’t know about it – how can you strategize around it for customers in a lake full of sharks trying to sell you soggy bread.

You can dip your toe into the water here:

…and the feeding of the 5000 here:

Microsoft expands artificial intelligence (AI) efforts with creation of new Microsoft AI and Research Group