PCs made everyone more productive at home, school, and at work — and artificial intelligence could change the world just as much

Business Insider | 1/24/2018 | Harry Shum, Microsoft
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We're already seeing the impact of AI, argues Microsoft's Harry Shum.


To make it truly benefit everyone, it needs to be developed responsibly.

When Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft more than 40 years ago, their aim was to bring the benefits of computing — then largely locked up in mainframes — to everyone.

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They set out to build software for a “personal” computer that would help people be more productive at home, at school and at work.

The personal computer democratized technology that was previously available only to a few select people. Today, artificial intelligence has the same potential.

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AI offers incredible opportunities to drive global economic and social progress.

The key to bringing the benefits of AI to everyone — not just a select few — is to develop AI to be human-centered.

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Put simply, AI systems should be created to augment human abilities. We want AI technology to enable people to achieve more, and we’re optimistic that this can happen.

Already, we are seeing how AI can have a tangible, useful impact.

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For example, with the world’s population expected to grow by nearly 2.5 billion people over the next quarter century, AI can help to increase food production. A Microsoft research project called FarmBeats is providing farmers with insights that can help them improve agricultural yield, lower overall costs and reduce their environmental impact.

A collaboration between Microsoft and university researchers, called Project Premonition , aims to use AI to detect dangerous pathogens in the environment before a disease such as Zika becomes a full-fledged public health emergency. The system uses everything from autonomous drones to robotic mosquito traps to try to identify pathogens as they are emerging.

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Microsoft recently announced a partnership...
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