Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella slams Google’s game-playing artificial brain: ‘We are not pursuing AI to beat humans at games’ (MSFT, GOOG) – Silicon Alley

Earlier this year, Google's DeepMind artificial brain conquered a world-class champion at the game of Go — a feat that even amazed Elon Musk — and might well take on "StarCraft," too.
But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is less impressed, at least judging from comments he made at Monday's Microsoft Ignite event in Atlanta. Instead of playing games, Nadella says, Microsoft is focused on putting artificial intelligence into every app, everywhere.
"We are not pursuing AI to beat humans at games. We are pursuing AI so that we can empower every person and every institution that people build with tools of AI so that they can go on to solve the most pressing problems of our society and our economy," Nadella says.
As Nadella indicates here, Microsoft has made significant investments in artificial intelligence, which manifests itself in ways large and small. Nadella revealed Monday that Cortana, the digital personal assistant that comes with Windows 10, has...

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