Recently, the first Microsoft Research summit co sponsored by Microsoft and eight research institutes around the world was held online. Satya NADELLA, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, pointed out that at this stage, he is most concerned about three things: ubiquitous computing, AI big model and virtual online.
Talking about the global impact of Microsoft Research over the past 30 years. NADELLA said that the core mission of Microsoft research is to create technology so that others can create more technology. We hope to give more achievements to everyone and organizations on earth. And through their efforts to create the future in an increasingly digital world.
"This has come true since 1975. Microsoft Research Asia has changed Microsoft's rules of the game on many levels," NADELLA said. In his opinion, Microsoft is not a part of the overall ecosystem of other research institutions and academic institutions, but the key to establish long-term cooperative relations with great academic institutions and truly implement innovation.
According to NADELLA, within Microsoft, people in the leading department are engaged in core engineering and innovation, and people from the product group are engaged in R & D. Curiosity among capable people drives each other, so as to promote research and truly realize innovation.
This paper aims at the question of what progress Microsoft research will make in the next decade. NADELLA said that as an enterprise, Microsoft's primary task is to create profitable solutions and meet the challenges of people and the earth. The key words are profitability and social benefits.
"As far as Microsoft is concerned, all digital technologies will promote broad economic growth in the entire national economic sector, which will be the best contribution our company can make. However, it is worth noting that this economic growth has problems with the unfair distribution of any particular community, country or society. Therefore, I am more concerned about cross regional coordinated growth," NADELLA said.
In addition, NADELLA also stressed that "while ensuring that revenue growth makes the organization stronger, Microsoft also needs to strengthen the promotion of social development towards a more inclusive and long-term sustainable perspective."
In a dialogue with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott, Scott pointed out that the emergence of artificial intelligence is the most noteworthy event. In Scott's view, artificial intelligence is not a substitute for human beings, but an analytical instrument, such as calculus or the cognitive equivalent of steam engine. We need to learn to use it to shape us, solve thorny scientific problems and create more productivity.
NADELLA affirmed Scott's view and further introduced the three directions he is paying attention to at this stage: ubiquitous computing, AI big model and virtual online.
"As a systems company, how can we move forward correctly from basic research? At present, some artificial intelligence workloads are promoting a fundamental reflection on cloud and edge computing. The new system architecture enriches the way we think about computing. We need to think about how to really maintain the forefront of system research and create ubiquitous computing?" NADELLA said.
NADELLA also mentioned that "how to build the system on the large-scale model that is becoming a platform, and how to build the remote virtual online technology that can communicate without meeting directly into a new product" is also his current focus of interest. (Wen Meng)