Microsoft banking on its Azure platform for cloud based AI development

To this end, Microsoft has partnered with Elon Musk and Peter Thiel’s OpenAI initiative.

Microsoft has been an active player in the AI department and has been keen to get more folks involved in it. Towards this end, it has now open sourced its deep learning tools, which it used to build Skype translate and Cortana, so that users can now train their own AIs.

In keeping with this line of thought, it has also recently joined Google, IBM, Amazon and Facebook’s coalition to trumpet the benefits of AI and come to a common understanding for best practices.

Although this coalition had left out Peter Thiel and Elon Musk backed OpenAI, a research project dedicated to opening up and making artificial intelligence affordable to the masses, today it took a remedial step, with Microsoft announcing that it has joined Elon Musk’s AI initiative by having a separate team running large-scale gigantic experiments on its Azure cloud platform.

Azure’s open-sourced tools could be benefitial to the Elon Musk’s OpenAI initiative. According to Microsoft, Azure’s computation-boosting Batch and machine learning capabilities will play significant roles in boosting AI capabilities.

The partnership will also benefit from OpenAI’s early use of GPU-based Azure N-series virtual machines. In December, this will be open to all users.

Although this is not Microsoft’s first AI partnership which solely relies on cloud based systems to run computations, however, Microsoft is allocating a large number of resources to boost Azure’s mass appeal.

Although current N-series virtual machines run on Nvidia Tesla GPUs, these are to be soon replaced by next-generation Pascal-based GPUs.

Microsoft has also announced its new Azure Bot Service, which is aimed at developers to speed up bot developments within the Bot Framework and manage them in a server-less Azure environment.


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