Microsoft has launched two new initiatives in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The AI for Earth initiative will focus on AI projects in the areas of agriculture, water, biodiversity, and climate change, and has three dimensions: access – giving researchers and organisations the possibility to use cloud and AI computing resources for developing environmental solutions; education – allowing organisations to explore available AI tools and learn how to use them; and innovation – managing projects that demonstrate new applications, undertaking research, and engaging in partnerships with other organisations. The Microsoft Research AI lab will be aimed at identifying solutions for AI challenges, as well as on developing general purpose AI, by integrating research results from different fields such as machine learning, perception, and natural language processing.
Historically, telecommunications, broadcasting, and other related areas were separate industry segments; they used different technologies and were governed by different regulations. The broad and prevailing use of the Internet has aided in the convergence of technological platforms for telecommunications, broadcasting, and information delivery.