Microsoft launches Project Bonsai, its new machine teaching service for building autonomous systems

Source: Microsoft launches Project Bonsai, its new machine teaching service for building autonomous systems At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that Project Bonsai, its new machine teaching service, is now in public preview. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you remember that Microsoft acquired Bonsai, a company that focuses on machine teaching, back in 2018. Bonsai combined simulation tools with different machine learning techniques to build a general-purpose deep reinforcement learning platform, with a focus on industrial control systems. It’s maybe no surprise then that Project Bonsai, too, has a similar focus on helping businesses teach ...

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Azure Cognitive Services learns more languages

Source: Azure Cognitive Services learns more languages It wouldn’t be a Microsoft Build without a bunch of new capabilities for Azure Cognitive Services, Microsoft’s cloud-based AI tools for developers. The first new feature is what Microsoft calls the “personalized apprentice mode,” which allows the existing Personalizer API to learn about user preferences in real time and in parallel with existing apps, all without being exposed to the user until it reaches pre-set performance goals. With this update, the Cognitive Services Speech Service, the unified Azure API for speech-to-text, text-to-speech and translation, is coming to 27 new locales and the company ...

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Microsoft teamed up with OpenAI to build a massive AI supercomputer in Azure

Source: Microsoft teamed up with OpenAI to build a massive AI supercomputer in Azure At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that it has teamed up with OpenAI, the startup trying to build a general artificial intelligence with — among other things — a $1 billion investment from Microsoft, to create one of the world’s fastest supercomputers on top of Azure’s infrastructure. Microsoft says that the 285,000-core machine would have ranked in the top five of the TOP500 supercomputer rankings. Since Microsoft doesn’t actually tell us much more than that, except for a few more specs that say it ...

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Adobe celebrates Photoshop’s 30th anniversary with new desktop and mobile features

Source: Adobe celebrates Photoshop’s 30th anniversary with new desktop and mobile features Adobe’s Photoshop celebrates its 30th birthday today. Over that time, the app has pretty much become synonymous with photo editing and there will surely be plenty of retrospectives. But to look ahead, Adobe also today announced a number of updates to both the desktop and mobile Photoshop experiences. The marquee feature here is probably the addition of the Object Selection tool in Photoshop on the iPad. It’s no secret that the original iPad app wasn’t exactly a hit with users as it lacked a number of features Photoshop ...

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 update is focused on harnessing data

Microsoft Dynamics 365 update is focused on harnessing data

Source: Microsoft Dynamics 365 update is focused on harnessing data Microsoft announced a major update to its Dynamics 365 product line today, which correlates to the growing amount of data in the enterprise, and how to collect and understand that data to produce better customer experiences. This is, in fact, the goal of all vendors in this space including Salesforce and Adobe, who are also looking to help improve the customer experience. James Philips, who was promoted to president of Microsoft Business Applications just this week, says that Microsoft has also been keenly focused on harnessing the growing amount of ...

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