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January 28, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Bill Gates takes on AI, Bitcoin in Reddit chat

Bill Gates, in the latest stop on his January media campaign of sorts, took to Reddit to answer some of your burning questions.

Among the topics the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist addressed:

  • Microsoft’s recently unveiled  HoloLens is “pretty amazing,” but it will take a few years of software development for it to reach its full potential.
  • While digital currencies could be used to help the developing world get better access to banking, the anonymity of services like Bitcoin presents some problems.
  • The development of supercharged artificial intelligence could be worrying…

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January 20, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Microsoft buys text analysis startup Equivio

Microsoft seems to like something about Israeli data-analysis startups.

The company announced today that it has acquired text-analysis firm Equivio, a few months after buying cloud security machine-learning startup Aorato.

Equivio’s algorithms sift through documents and emails to group related documents and identify which ones might trigger a company’s confidentiality provisions or other legal labels. With email and computers facilitating an explosion in the amount of documents companies and governments produce, sorting through those can quickly turn into a task that requires many hours of work by humans.

The Rosh HaAyin-based company, which on its website also lists an office in Rockville, Md., says its clients include the U.S. Justice Department and auditing and consulting giants KPMG and Deloitte.


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March 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

From Kinect 3-D scanning to big data mapping, Microsoft researchers give glimpse of company’s future

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times March 6, 2013.] From a smartphone app capable of capturing 3-D scans to interactive whiteboards to a browser-based program allowing users to build a predictive model in minutes, the preview Tuesday of Microsoft’s TechFest 2013 was full of cool stuff. But the demos were…


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