Tagged: microsoft

Rise of the bots – AI shows its chatty side - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 09, 2016

Think of artificial intelligence and an image of HAL’s piercing red light in 2001: A Space Odyssey or even the emotionally needy android of Ex Machina may spring to mind. But applications of AI are all around us and much more prosaic than those sci-fi icons. Think about Google’s search or the video suggestion features of Netflix. They are being joined by one of … Read More

The internet of things and farming - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 07, 2016

The last thing I expected to see when I visited Microsoft Research in Seattle last month were lettuces growing under LED lights and fish swimming in a tank as part of an “aquaponics” experiment. It turns out that the small crop installations are part of growing efforts underway at the software giant looking at the future of food. While Microsoft has leafy … Read More

Future interactions, reinventing discovery, living homes and more - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 28, 2011

I am profoudly fortunate.  Every day, tonnes and tonnes of brilliant bits of information come flying at me over the intertubes.  I try to send as many of them back out as I can, and so today, I thought I’d put a couple into a post. Enjoy! First up: ‘Ubiquitous Computing’ My … Read More

CES: Tablet hopefuls vie for attention - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 13, 2011

It was amazing how quickly Las Vegas emptied out over the weekend as the 160,000 visitors to the CES show headed home and relaxed holiday makers reclaimed the bars, restaurants and casinos of Sin City. The quiet tail end of the show gave me a chance to wander the halls of CES relatively unmolested – you needed sharp elbows the … Read More

CES: Subdued Ballmer looking for Windows everywhere - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 06, 2011

Las Vegas: Having watched Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer warming up in the darkened corner of the Hilton Las Vegas this evening, slapping friends on the back and punching the air, I expected him to unleash some of his trademark over-exuberance. But it was a relatively subdued Ballmer who took to the stage for the opening keynote at … Read More

A beeping good idea for low-cost communication - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 25, 2010

Yesterday was intense. As a judge on the preliminary round of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, which pits teams of university students against each other in a bid to find the top four most innovative and potentially world-changing projects, it was a blur of powerpoint slides and Dragon’s Den-style questioning as we got through twenty 20-minute pitches in the course of the … Read More

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