Microsoft researcher wins prestigious computing award

Microsoft artificial intelligence guru Eric Horvitz has reeled in another award for his work making computers smarter. Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft’s Redmond research lab, on Wednesday received the prestigious ACM – AAAI Allen Newell award for his work building tools that help computers better understand and react to human intent. Horvitz, at Microsoft since 1993, is a well respected researcher in artificial intelligence, a field booming along with the recent availability of the virtually unlimited on-demand computing power and data storage that accompanies cloud computing. Those advances, building off of work by Horvitz and others, has led to nascent services that scratch at the surface of machine intelligence, including Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, Google’s Now, and a host of intelligent algorithms powering things like Web search and document discovery.…

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