As Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokia’s handset business, a new research strategy emerges. Microsoft’s New Head of Research, Peter Lee:
Machine learning is the really big one. It is our number one investment. We think we’re well within reach of solving speech recognition, making a big dent in translation, and devices that see and hear with capabilities approaching human ones. So, for example, a camera could understand what is being said and what it is looking at. A photo could include this extra information. Or [a phone] could look at a plate of food and understand what it is, to help your diet and monitor your health.