May 132017

Microsoft is working to democratise artificial intelligence. The tech giant’s plan is to expand the use of AI from smartphone games to factory floors. This is a revolutionary step towards the advancement of artificial intelligence. The term AI is applied when a machine mimics cognitive functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as learning and problem solving. The overall research goal of artificial intelligence is to create technology that allows computers and machines to function in an intelligent manner. In the course of 50 years of research, artificial intelligence has developed a large number of tools to solve the most difficult problems in computer science. AI can now help in search and optimisation, logical reasoning, probabilistic methods for reasoning, neural networks, control theory and many others. In modern age of science and technology, AI is getting a grip in people’s homes: controlling connected devices such as appliances or light bulbs. Digital assistants already boast features such as reminding people of appointments entered into calendars and sounding in with advice to set out early if the traffic is heavy.

Microsoft has been creating the building blocks for the current wave of AI breakthroughs. Their research has gone deep into areas such as machine learning, speech recognition, and enabling machines to recognise what they ‘see’. They are trying to use AI for businesses to solve business problems and for app developers to make applications better. The Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) is an apex government body mandated to promote Pakistan’s IT Industry in local and international markets. The IT industry is the country’s fastest growing export sector. If the country focuses on the new developments in technology, it can flourish more. In view of the abovementioned advancement in the IT industry across the world, the concerned authorities are requested to undertake research and study to create new ways for the growth in the field of artificial intelligence.

Engr Mansoor Ahmed


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