Microsoft goes big on AI research

SEATTLE • Microsoft is reorganising part of the company to better position itself as one of the significant players in the emerging field of artificial intelligence. The company has created a new organisation that combines its research group, one of the largest in the technology industry, and a number of products that rely on artificial intelligence, including its Bing search engine and Cortana virtual assistant. The new artificial intelligence and research group at Microsoft will have more than 5,000 employees. Microsoft also said that one of its top executives, Mr Qi Lu, has left the company to recuperate from a serious bicycle accident that occurred several months ago. Once he recovers, Mr Lu will continue to act as an adviser to Mr Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, and Mr Bill…

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