Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that his company is pursuing Artificial Intelligence to empower people and organisations, not beat us at games. He wants to help "solve the most pressing problems" to make the world a better place.
Nadella was the keynote speaker at the opening day of ‘Microsoft’s Ignite’ conference where a crowd of over 23,000 were in attendance.
"We are not pursuing AI to beat humans at games. We are pursuing AI so that we can empower every person and every institution that people build with tools of AI so that they can go on to solve the most pressing problems of our society and our economy," Nadella said.
"The question is, how can we use all we have in terms of computational power to solve this fundamental constraint? To make better sense of the world? That's the essence of what AI is. It's not about having AI that beats humans in games, it's about helping everyone achieve more – humans and machines working together to make the world a better place," he said.
"We will infuse every application that we interact with, on any device, at any point in time, with intelligence. We'll make these same intelligent capabilities that are infused in our own apps – the cognitive capabilities – available to every application developer in the world," Nadella said.
Microsoft’s Ignite is the largest conference in the tech industry which focuses majorly on security, intelligence, and cloud platforming which empowers IT professionals. The conference is a venue for the software giant to showcase its products and services while providing opportunities for IT professionals to get together and network.