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Announcing new AI and mixed reality business applications for Microsoft Dynamics – The Official Microsoft Blog

Today, I had the opportunity to speak to press and analysts in San Francisco about our vision for business applications at Microsoft. In addition, I had the privilege to make two very important announcements: the upcoming availability of new Dynamics 365 AI applications, and our very first mixed reality business applications: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Dynamics 365 Layout.

Our vision for business applications at Microsoft

We live in a connected world where companies are challenged every day to innovate so they can stay ahead of emerging trends and repivot business models to take advantage of new opportunities to meet growing customer demands.

To innovate, organizations need to reimagine their processes. They need solutions that are modern, enabling new experiences for how they can engage their customers while making their people more productive. They need unified systems that break data silos, so they have a holistic view of their business, customers and employees. They need pervasive intelligence threaded throughout the platform, giving them the ability to reason over data, to predict trends and drive proactive intelligent action. And with adaptable applications, they can be nimble, allowing them to take advantage of the next opportunity that comes their way.

Two years ago, when we introduced Dynamics 365 we started a journey to tear down the traditional silos of customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). We set out to reimagine business applications as modern, unified, intelligent and adaptable solutions that are integrated with Office 365 and natively built on Microsoft Azure.

With the release of our new AI and mixed reality applications we are taking another step forward on our journey to help empower every organization on the planet to achieve more through the accelerant of business applications. Specifically, today we are making the following announcements:

Dynamics 365 + AI

First, I am happy to announce the coming availability of a new Dynamics 365 AI offering — a new class of AI applications that will deliver out-of-the-box insights by unifying data and infusing it with advanced intelligence to guide decisions and empower organizations to take informed actions. And because these insights are easily extensible through the power of Microsoft Power BI, Azure and the Common Data Service, organizations will be able to address even the most complex scenarios specific to their business.

Dynamics 365 AI for Sales: AI can help salespeople prioritize their time to focus on deals that matter most, provide answers to the most common questions regarding the performance of sales teams, offer a detailed analysis of the sales pipeline, and surface insights that enable smarter coaching of sales teams.

Dynamics 365 AI for Customer Service: With Microsoft’s AI and natural language understanding, customer service data can surface automated insights that help guide employees to take action and can even leverage virtual agents to help lower support costs and enable delightful customer experiences, all without needing in-house AI experts and without writing any code.

Dynamics 365 AI for Market Insights: Helps empower your marketing, social media and market research teams to make better decisions with market insights. Marketers can improve customer relationships with actionable web and social insights to engage in relevant conversations and respond faster to trends.

To help bring this to life, today we released a video with our CEO, Satya Nadella, and Navrina Singh, a member of our Dynamics 365 engineering team, showing examples of ways we’re bringing the power of AI to customer service organizations.

Dynamics 365 + Mixed Reality

Our second announcement of the day centers on the work we are doing to bring mixed reality and business applications together.

Since the release of Microsoft HoloLens over two years ago, the team has learned a lot from customers and partners. The momentum that HoloLens has received within the commercial space has been overwhelmingly positive. This has been supported by increased demand and deployment from some of the world’s most innovative companies.

We recognize that many employees need information in context to apply their knowledge and craft. Not only on a 2-D screen — but information and data in context, at the right place, and at the right time, so employees can produce even greater impact for their organizations. Mixed reality is a technology uniquely suited to do exactly that.

This is a whole new kind of business application. And that’s precisely what we’re introducing today, Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Dynamics 365 Layout.

Today, we also showcased for the first time how Chevron is deploying HoloLens to take advantage of Dynamics 365 mixed reality business applications.

Chevron is already achieving real, measurable results with its global HoloLens deployment. Previously it was required to fly in an inspector from Houston to a facility in Singapore once a month to inspect equipment. Now it has in-time inspection using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and can identify issues or provide approvals immediately.

In addition, remote collaboration and assistance have helped the company operate more safely in a better work environment, serving as a connection point between firstline workers and remote experts, as well as cutting down on travel and eliminating risks associated with employee travel.

Here is a peek into the work Chevron is doing with mixed reality:

Unlock what’s next with the Dynamics 365 October 2018 release

Next week at Microsoft Ignite and Microsoft Envision we’ll be in Orlando talking with thousands of customers, partners, developers, and IT and business leaders about our October 2018 release for Dynamics 365 and the Power platform that will be generally available Oct. 1. The wave of innovation this represents across the entire product family is significant, with hundreds of new capabilities and features.

We will have a lot more to talk about in the weeks and months ahead. We look forward to sharing more!

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Wanted – Apple Magic Trackpad or attachment thingy

Still looking for MT2

re sofa, what the reviews have said is the mt1 is hinged so when you press down on it, most of the force goes through two feet. On a sofa or soft surface, the two feet move down a bit so you don’t get the click as easily.

With the mt2, there’s no hinge, only a haptic clicker, so when you press down on a soft surface, the force is spread over the entire bottom of the mt2, so getting a click is more similar to when the mt2 is on a table or hard surface.

ymmv

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For Sale – REDUCED – £260 – MacBook Pro 13.3″, Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB, 320GB HDD

About time I got round to selling this! A trusty old MacBook Pro 13.3” with original charger but in excellent condition.

Its an Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Battery is “Normal” and at just 317 cycles – not been used a great deal!

Has been kept in a case when not in use but does have some minor scratches – pretty good considering its age. The screen is unmarked. Please see pics – if you require any more please ask.

Currently running a clean install of El Capitan with known Admin account and password but could be easily reset.

I thought about fitting an SSD and upping the RAM to transform it into a semi decent laptop but I never bothered – am always atttacted to shiny newer models!

Not looking to trade – straight sale.

Ideally you will collect so you can try it out but will consider posting at additional cost – RMSD would add around £28.

Was £375, then £300, then £275 – NOW £260 – but not too far off this please!

Price and currency: £260
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG, BT or cash on collection
Location: Saffron Walden
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – REDUCED – £260 – MacBook Pro 13.3″, Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB, 320GB HDD

About time I got round to selling this! A trusty old MacBook Pro 13.3” with original charger but in excellent condition.

Its an Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Battery is “Normal” and at just 317 cycles – not been used a great deal!

Has been kept in a case when not in use but does have some minor scratches – pretty good considering its age. The screen is unmarked. Please see pics – if you require any more please ask.

Currently running a clean install of El Capitan with known Admin account and password but could be easily reset.

I thought about fitting an SSD and upping the RAM to transform it into a semi decent laptop but I never bothered – am always attached to shiny newer models!

Not looking to trade – straight sale.

Ideally you will collect so you can try it out but will consider posting at additional cost – RMSD would add around £28.

Asking £375 – NOW £260 – but happy to consider offers as unsure of exact worth – eBay pricing is all over the place!

Price and currency: £260
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG, BT or cash on collection
Location: Saffron Walden
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – REDUCED – £300 – MacBook Pro 13.3″, Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB, 320GB HDD

About time I got round to selling this! A trusty old MacBook Pro 13.3” with original charger but in excellent condition.

Its an Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Battery is “Normal” and at just 317 cycles – not been used a great deal!

Has been kept in a case when not in use but does have some minor scratches – pretty good considering its age. The screen is unmarked. Please see pics – if you require any more please ask.

Currently running a clean install of El Capitan with known Admin account and password but could be easily reset.

I thought about fitting an SSD and upping the RAM to transform it into a semi decent laptop but I never bothered – am always attached to shiny newer models!

Not looking to trade – straight sale.

Ideally you will collect so you can try it out but will consider posting at additional cost – RMSD would add around £28.

Asking £375 – NOW £300 – but happy to consider offers as unsure of exact worth – eBay pricing is all over the place!

Price and currency: £300
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG, BT or cash on collection
Location: Saffron Walden
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – MacBook Pro 13.3″, Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB, 320GB HDD

About time I got round to selling this! A trusty old MacBook Pro 13.3” with original charger but in excellent condition.

Its an Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Battery is “Normal” and at just 317 cycles – not been used a great deal!

Has been kept in a case when not in use but does have some minor scratches – pretty good considering its age. The screen is unmarked. Please see pics – if you require any more please ask.

Currently running a clean install of El Capitan with known Admin account and password but could be easily reset.

I thought about fitting an SSD and upping the RAM to transform it into a semi decent laptop but I never bothered – am always attached to shiny newer models!

Not looking to trade – straight sale.

Ideally you will collect so you can try it out but will consider posting at additional cost – RMSD would add around £28.

Asking £375 but happy to consider offers as unsure of exact worth – eBay pricing is all over the place!

Price and currency: £375
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG, BT or cash on collection
Location: Saffron Walden
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Lenovo Thinkvision T2454PA 1920×1200 monitor

Lenovo Thinkvision T2454PA.
Good overall condition, minus an inch scratch about 4 inches up from the bottom of the monitor.
No stand included as this was always vesa mounted.
No power lead provided.

Price for quick sale £40.

Price and currency: 40
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Payment method: Paypal
Location: Lincolnshire
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For Sale – MacBook Pro 13.3″, Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB, 320GB HDD

About time I got round to selling this! A trusty old MacBook Pro 13.3” with original charger but in excellent condition.

Its an Early-2011, 2.4GHz i5, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Battery is “Normal” and at just 317 cycles – not been used a great deal!

Has been kept in a case when not in use but does have some minor scratches – pretty good considering its age. The screen is unmarked. Please see pics – if you require any more please ask.

Currently running a clean install of El Capitan with known Admin account and password but could be easily reset.

I thought about fitting an SSD and upping the RAM to transform it into a semi decent laptop but I never bothered – am always attached to shiny newer models!

Not looking to trade – straight sale.

Ideally you will collect so you can try it out but will consider posting at additional cost – RMSD would add around £28.

Asking £375 but happy to consider offers as unsure of exact worth – eBay pricing is all over the place!

Price and currency: £375
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG, BT or cash on collection
Location: Saffron Walden
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Lenovo Thinkvision T2454PA 1920×1200 monitor

Lenovo Thinkvision T2454PA.
Good overall condition, minus an inch scratch about 4 inches up from the bottom of the monitor.
No stand included as this was always vesa mounted.
No power lead provided.

Price for quick sale £40.

Price and currency: 40
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal
Location: Lincolnshire
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Machine intelligence could benefit from child’s play

CAMBRIDGE — Current progress in machine intelligence is newsworthy, but it’s often talked about out of context. MIT’s Josh Tenenbaum described it this way: Advances in deep learning are powering machines to accurately recognize patterns, but human intelligence is not just about pattern recognition, it’s about modeling the world.

By that, Tenenbaum, a professor of cognitive science and computation, was referring to abilities that humans possess such as understanding what they see, imagining what they haven’t seen, problem-solving, planning, and building new models as they learn.

That’s why, in the interest of advancing AI even further, Tenenbaum is turning to the best source of information on how humans build models of the world: children.

“Imagine if we could build a machine that grows into intelligence the way a person does — that starts like a baby and learns like a child,” he said during his presentation at EmTech 2018, an emerging technology conference hosted by MIT Technology Review.

Tenenbaum called the project a “moonshot,” one of several that researchers at MIT are exploring as part of the university’s new MIT Quest for Intelligence initiative to advance the understanding of human and machine intelligence. The “learning moonshot” is a collaborative effort by MIT colleagues, including AI experts, as well as those in early childhood development and neuroscience. The hope is to use how children learn as a blueprint to build a machine intelligence that’s truly capable of learning, Tenenbaum said.

The “quest,” as it’s aptly labeled, won’t be easy partly because researchers don’t have a firm understanding for how learning happens, according to Tenenbaum. In the 1950s, Alan Turing, father the Turing test to analyze machine intelligence, presumed a child’s brain was simpler than an adult’s and that it was akin to a new notebook full of blank pages.

“We’ve now learned that Turing was brilliant, but he got this one wrong,” Tenenbaum said. “And many AI researchers have gotten this wrong.”

Child’s play is serious business

Instead, research such as that done by Tenenbaum’s colleagues suggests that newborns are already programmed to see and understand the world in terms of people, places and things — not just patterns and pixels. And that children aren’t passive learners but instead are actively experimenting, interacting with and exploring the world around them.

Imagine if we could build a machine that grows into intelligence the way a person does — that starts like a baby and learns like a child.
Josh Tenenbaumprofessor of cognitive science and computation, MIT

“Just like science is playing around in the lab, children’s play is serious business,” he said. “And children’s play may be what makes human beings the smartest learners in the known universe.”

Tenenbaum described his job as identifying insights like these and translating them into engineering terms. Take common sense, for example. Kids are capable of stacking cups or blocks without a single physics lesson. They can observe an action they’ve never seen before and yet understand the desired outcome and how to help achieve that outcome.

In an effort to codify common sense, Tenenbaum and his team are working with new kinds of AI programming languages that leverage the pattern recognition advances by neural networks, as well as concepts that don’t fit neatly into neural networks. One example of this is probabilistic inference, which enables machines to use prior events to predict future events.

Game engines open window into learning

Tenenbaum’s team is also using game engines. These are used to simulate a player’s experience in real time in a virtual world. Common game engines include the graphics engine used to design 2D and 3D images, and the physics engine, which transposes the laws of physics from the real to the virtual world. “We think they provide first approximations to the kinds of basic commonsense knowledge representation that are built into even the youngest children’s brains,” he said.

He said the game engines, coupled with probabilistic programming, capture data that helps researchers understand what a baby knows at 10 months or a year old, but the question remains: How does a baby learn how to build engines like these?

“Evolution might have given us something kind of like game engine programs, but then learning for a baby is learning to program the game engine to capture the program of their life,” he said. “That means learning algorithms have to be programming algorithms — a program that learns programs.”

Tenenbaum called this “the hard problem of learning.” To solve it, he’s focused on the easier problem of how people acquire simple visual concepts such as learning a character from a new alphabet without needing to see it a thousand times. Using Bayesian program learning, a machine learning method, researchers have been able to program machines to see an output, such as a character, and deduce how the output was created from one example.

It’s an admittedly small step in the larger landscape of machine intelligence, Tenenbaum said. “But we also know from history that even small steps toward this goal can be big.”