Real progress in artifical intelligence

  Finally, however, in the last decade ­Hinton and other researchers made some fundamental conceptual breakthroughs. In 2006, Hinton developed a more efficient way to teach individual layers of neurons. The first layer learns primitive features, like an edge in an image or the tiniest unit of speech sound. It does this by finding combinations […]

How Microsoft extends the R&D model in India

Image by Marc_Smith via Flickr Navi Radjou has an interesting post on how Microsoft approaches it’s global R&D over at the Harvard Business blog, excerpt: Microsoft Reinvents Its Global R&D Model – Navi Radjou – HarvardBusiness.org What impressed me most about TEM is its staff members’ multidisciplinary backgrounds. In addition to computer scientists and engineers, […]

Gartenberg believes that Microsoft’s Zune is nothing to laugh at

 After the lackluster launch of the UMPC (Origami), a failure that had as much to do with the bulky form-factor as price, Microsoft is keying up another personal device for consumers.  Dubbed the Zune, most people have written it off already as an ‘also ran’ against Apple’s iPod.  Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research, however, seems […]

Tablet Enhancements for Outlook 3.0 beta is now available

Tablet PC users rejoice!  Josh Einstein has finally released a beta version of Tablet Enhancements for Outlook (TEO) 3.0 into the wild!  If you’re not familiar with the product, basically it enables Microsoft Outlook for tablet in a way that even Microsoft doesn’t.  I’ve just downloaded it , and haven’t installed, but it looks pretty […]

Signs of trouble at Microsoft?

Late last night Microsoft announced that it would delay shipping the highly anticipated Vista operating systems for consumer use until after the holiday season.  That was pretty surprising, given that all indications were for Vista to be selling in time for Christmas ‘06.  Apparently this delay has also forced the hand of Steve Ballmer to […]