Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says 'the age of AI is upon us'

Microsoft's CEO reaffirmed the company's bullish stance on AI during its latest earnings call.

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Today, Microsoft held its Q2 2023 earnings call. During the call, company leadership spoke about the company’s recent performance and expectations for the future. AI has been a hot topic around tech circles and was at the forefront of Microsoft’s latest round of earnings. During the earnings call, CEO and chairman Satya Nadella made clear that AI tech will continue to grow when he said that “the age of AI is upon us.”

Nadella’s bullish AI quote came from an early portion of the Microsoft Q2 2023 earnings call, while he was giving his opening remarks. “The age of AI is upon us, and Microsoft is powering it. We are witnessing nonlinear improvements in the capability of foundation models, which we are making available as platforms.”

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Microsoft’s commitment to AI technology goes far beyond the words of its CEO. Just yesterday, the company confirmed that it would be making a multi-billion dollar investment in ChatGPT maker OpenAI. This comes after two previous investments made in the company in 2021 and 2019. Microsoft has been using ChatGPT to bolster Bing, and will be taking advantage of OpenAI’s artificial intelligence research for future endeavors.

Microsoft also boasted that its supercomputers are some of the best in the world, used by companies like OpenAI to train AI programs. Microsoft is confident in the future of AI, and plans to be a major player in that field as it grows and expands.

It's quite possible that the world of AI is indeed upon us. As we continue to monitor it, stick with Shacknews for the most interesting stories.

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    January 24, 2023 3:10 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says 'the age of AI is upon us'

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      January 24, 2023 3:14 PM

      We are witnessing nonlinear improvements in the capability of foundation models, which we are making available as platforms

      Do your eyes glaze over when your read / hear stuff like this being spoken?

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        January 24, 2023 3:15 PM

        No, he's right

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        January 24, 2023 3:18 PM

        Eh, I don't get annoyed when I read corporate speak these days, I just parse it and move on. More than anything else, I just wonder who that sort of language actually appeals to since I have to imagine most business folks are just tired of hearing it.

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      January 24, 2023 3:33 PM

      the AI stuff has potential extreme dangers . if people are only looking for whats in their imagination they will stop looking out into the world for new things.

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        January 24, 2023 3:44 PM

        really makes you think, monsieur sleepy

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      January 24, 2023 3:33 PM

      It's insane how AI is like 94% of the news stories all of a sudden.

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        January 24, 2023 3:36 PM

        Sea change

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        January 24, 2023 3:39 PM

        After a decade of drought of natural intelligence, people are hungry for whatever intelligence they can get.

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        January 24, 2023 3:49 PM

        the novelty will wear off once a coat is applied to it.

        there’s real use though, and not all of it dangerous.

        that said, and others have already said it, people who can leverage it are going to have a field day displacing those who can’t.

        personally, it has already vastly increased my output.

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          January 24, 2023 3:50 PM

          cost, not coat. but I would prefer my AI to be warm and cozy

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          January 24, 2023 4:07 PM

          How did AI help you?

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            January 24, 2023 4:29 PM

            I cloud stuff; software engineering-adjacent work. it’s a whole lot of “insert rod A into slot B”

            there’s a tool called Terraform, and it utilizes a declarative language called HCL. the beauty of declarative languages is that there’s not much abstract thinking involved in how things come together. everything you need to be good with it is out there, and none of it is stealing “someone else’s code.” everyone uses the resources the same way, just with tweaks to match their own configuration.

            I can describe what I want to do in relative detail, and it handles the task of finding and writing the most basic implementation of what I want to do. I don’t have to search through documentation and find XYZ, it gives me a good enough collection of them for me to build.

            it handles the “search for resource, copy into module” part for me, and gets things roughly 80% correct but hours faster.

            it still takes deep knowledge of the infrastructure you’re working with. nobody’s “taking my job” anytime soon because constructing a proper application infrastructure / platform is not at all a trivial task. it just very much removes the tedious parts that require minimal thought so I have more time to focus on the more difficult aspects.

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              January 24, 2023 4:32 PM

              and just to kind of hammer home how helpful it is, I literally started using it for work yesterday and I can’t imagine ever doing the shitty parts of my job again without it

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          January 24, 2023 4:13 PM

          Yup. Anyone who isn't learning how to use the tools now, or at least planning for how they'll do so down the line, is going to be at a serious disadvantage sooner rather than later.

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        January 24, 2023 4:01 PM

        Microsoft dropped the AR stuff real quick to jump in the AI bandwagon

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          January 24, 2023 4:15 PM

          I think they realized with the AR stuff that they're better off sticking to the backend stuff by going all in with Mesh than trying to do the hardware themselves. Why make a HMD when you can make the software and services that that they all use to connect?

          I can't say I disagree, but I still feel awful for the people who were cut.

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          January 24, 2023 4:20 PM

          AR/VR/XR is all a narrow focus subset; AI can be applied much more broadly.

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            January 24, 2023 4:39 PM

            AI is going to be the backbone of AR. the glasses need to know what you are looking at in order to do anything legitimately useful and that’s going to be entirely AI driven.

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          January 24, 2023 4:37 PM

          They don’t want to compete with apple hardware. I wouldn’t want too either.

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          January 24, 2023 7:16 PM

          AR/VR is yesterday's vision of the future. That really hasn't worked out at all like they hoped it would. Now it's looking like AI really will be the next transformative force on the level of smart phones or the internet itself. They would be fools to prioritize anything else right now.

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        January 24, 2023 6:09 PM

        That's how it was always going to happen

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      January 25, 2023 7:50 AM

      Humanity rejoiced

      • rms legacy 10 years legacy 20 years mercury super mega
        January 25, 2023 8:52 AM

        We marvelled at our own magnificence

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