Company president and chief legal officer Brad Smith penned an article distilling a company Q&A involving himself and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "We believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation’s best technology, including from Microsoft," Smith said.
Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower weapons to act autonomously and kill people.
The small world of quantum physics is a big deal on the frontier of computer science. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella rates quantum computing as one of three key technologies that will shape his company’s future, along with artificial intelligence and mixed reality.
Paul G. Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates before making his mark in technology investing, sports ownership, commercial space, global philanthropy, the environment, museums and the arts, has died at the age of 65, two weeks after announcing that he was diagnosed with a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement Monday from his company Vulcan.
The splurge by tech companies is behind an upswing in capital-goods spending among big U.S. companies, which is seeing its fastest growth in years, according to a Credit Suisse analysis. The $80 billion tab also is a snapshot of why it’s tough to unseat the tech giants. How can a company hope to compete with Google’s driverless cars when it spends $20 billion a year to ensure it has the best laser-guided sensors and computer chips?
The investment will act as “seed money” for the 14-year-old association, said Jane Broom, Microsoft’s senior director of philanthropies in Washington state. CSTA has subsisted on corporate donations and volunteer efforts to build out its regional chapters, Broom said, but in order to empower computer science educators in the same way that other associations support teachers in other subjects...
Microsoft has researchers working to determine how brain implants can augment a person's intelligence, one of the many ways the company is trying to make technology more accessible to people with various disabilities.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says "privacy is a human right" and that internet users should be in control of their data. Nadella outlined the company's ethical principles Monday as he kicked off its annual conference for software developers. Nadella didn't mention Facebook's privacy scandals or the data collection practices of rival tech companies, but his comments at the Build conference in Seattle further staked out Microsoft's message that technology should be built for social good.
Microsoft announced today that it will offer YouthSpark Summer Camp curriculums through its retail store locations in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and Canada this summer, focusing on coding, robotics, moviemaking and philanthropic skills. [Find a Store Near You]
The program, Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, now has 14 locations, boasts a 93 percent graduation rate, and has the capacity to graduate around 1,000 students each year. "Veterans are a talent pool we haven't sought in the past," says Microsoft's Vice President of Military Affairs Chris Cortez. "And the military vets very much represent our diverse country."