In episode 32 of the Development Swarm podcast, John Siefert, Bob Evans, Tony Uphoff, and Scott Vaughan supply ideas and context round Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s feedback round synthetic intelligence (AI) being the subsequent massive laptop platform. On Microsoft’s latest earnings name, Nadella mentioned, “And the next major wave of computing is being born, as we turn the world’s most advanced AI models into a new computing platform.” The hosts outline not solely what this assertion means, but additionally the takeaway for enterprise customers of their private {and professional} careers. Moreover, the 4 discover the methods wherein human intelligence is being redefined in a world of more and more ubiquitous synthetic intelligence.


00:11 — John introduces his co-hosts and the subject of this episode, which focuses on Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s feedback that AI is “a new computing platform.” John asks Bob, who has frolicked making an attempt to get extra context round this assertion, for some element.

01:11 Once you hear the CEO of certainly one of the most influential expertise firms in the world say that “AI is the next major wave of computing” it opens up some questions, suggests Bob. He reached out to Microsoft’s PR agency with just a few questions:

  • If AI is, or will shortly be, that subsequent computing platform, what’s the present platform that Nadella is saying might be changed or overtaken?
  • If AI is the subsequent computing platform, how does Microsoft describe the cloud in that context? If the cloud isn’t the present computing platform, then how does Microsoft need individuals to consider what the cloud is?
  • How does Microsoft see AI as the subsequent computing platform and the cloud coexisting? How does Microsoft see the future interplay between AI and the cloud?

Bob explains that his aim with these questions is to assist individuals higher perceive how these two extremely highly effective applied sciences will work collectively.

02:35 What response did Bob obtain again from Microsoft’s PR agency? “Hi, Bob. I checked with the Microsoft team and they politely declined to comment.” Bob says he obtained a hyperlink to a publicly posted weblog that shares the newest replace on Azure. He was anticipating a variety of responses, however not anticipating this.

03:20 — Microsoft is an organization that leads with purpose-built statements, notes John. Folks can be “foolish” to not suppose that AI will profoundly affect completely every part we do. AI is not only the subsequent computing platform — it’s redefining life and human intelligence, it doesn’t matter what it’s partaking with.

04:23 — Tony “couldn’t agree more” with John’s feedback. Microsoft is the firm that “locks on to a vision, out-executes everybody, and sticks with it longer than everybody.” Tony says he isn’t stunned that Nadella is a little more keen to step up as a visionary. Moreover, he means that we — analysts, consumers, and distributors, as an illustration — are all utilizing “nomenclature of the past to describe something that is clearly the future.” Categorizing AI as the subsequent computing mannequin doesn’t seize the power of the profound nature of this transition. Tony believes this concept might be “the biggest transition in technology” of his lifetime.

07:03 AI is just not new — firms we interact with daily have been integrating this expertise into their merchandise for a very long time. The rise of synthetic intelligence, as seen via developments like ChatGPT, has been predicted for fairly a while. John notes that it forces the world to reimagine what human intelligence means in an artificially clever world to be able to keep related.

08:51 Scott stories that he’s not stunned about Microsoft’s response to Bob, including that Bob “hit the questions perfectly” to have the ability to paint the image of what these feedback imply, given the complexities that lie beneath it. AI is the tip of the spear — its functions will contact so many individuals in lots of industries. Scott doesn’t contemplate AI and the cloud to be mutually unique, however reasonably, symbiotic, as AI will drive the use of cloud providers. He finds it fascinating that AI is so accessible to so many individuals and “more life-changing than the cloud.” AI is a big step in the layer of predictive evaluation, and that’s only one utility.

10:53 John notes that the utility of AI for predictive evaluation and what it’s doing demonstrates a real affect on companies. To Scott’s level, John agrees that the cloud is the basis that every part sits on prime of, and AI functions are constructed on that platform. AI as a computing mannequin might be constructed on the basis of the cloud. All of the functions which might be working on it is going to be infused with AI.

12:10 What does AI as the new computing platform imply for companies, particularly those who have simply made important investments in cloud-based, ERP platforms, below the assumption that the cloud was the newest computing platform?

13:35 Bob means that possibly what Nadella meant to say was that AI is just not the subsequent computing platform itself however might be “the enhancer” or will create the subsequent computing platform. If he had been a buyer, Bob says he can be fairly “pissed off” and wish some readability from Microsoft — which was the nature of his questions addressed to Microsoft’s PR agency.

15:59 — Tony explains that what the hosts are describing here’s a “go-to-market and communication issue, not a technology issue.” He notes that there are two parts which might be essential in understanding the steep change in the accessibility of AI:

On this case, Microsoft has the means to “step up and articulate a future like that.” He notes that Microsoft has all the time had a “bit of hesitancy” to make clear issues. Microsoft is lacking an enormous alternative to take the “mystical technology” that’s AI “out of the clouds,” and show its alternatives to prospects.

19:08 “We have to be students of what the impact of artificial intelligence can be on humanity, not just on our jobs, not just on an investment we made in technology,” suggests John. He asks Scott, Acceleration Financial system’s go-to-market professional, for his ideas on Nadella’s feedback being a “go-to-market faux pas.”

21:07 If somebody thinks {that a} particular expertise will future-proof their enterprise, they’re seemingly beginning off on the fallacious foot “because something is going to change,” says Scott. Microsoft’s assertion is one that’s massive and daring, and “not backed up.” The event of AI is straying from the “customer support mindset,” as famous via chatbots and automation, and shifting in direction of a “customer experience” perspective, that tries to make synthetic intelligence higher.

23:12 John means that Microsoft ought to use extra analogies to explain the shift in AI and its functions to be able to put extra context round Nadella’s assertion and keep away from the danger of what prospects will suppose. Typically, there must be some clarification on Nadella’s statements.

25:21 Tony emphasizes Scott’s level that there’s “no such thing as future-proofing,” since a brand new expertise could possibly be ready simply round the nook. He feels that inadvertently, Microsoft and different firms may actually do themselves and their prospects a disservice by not clarifying issues. He doesn’t anticipate firms to “have the riddle to the future,” however thinks they have to be capable of say “here’s how these technologies fit together, here are the benefits, and here is our near-term roadmap, and here’s how we are going to do it.” He imagines that the motive Bob didn’t obtain solutions to his questions for Microsoft is that the “scripting of that isn’t there yet.”

27:33 — In closing, John notes that the essential actuality of that is that AI will have an effect on everybody in some ways it’s not a fad, nor a pattern. In some sense, AI is science fiction coming to life.

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Hi, I'm The Obsessed Guy and I am passionate about artificial intelligence. I have spent years studying and working in the field, and I am fascinated by the potential of machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing. I love exploring how these technologies are being used to solve real-world problems and am always eager to learn more. In my spare time, you can find me tinkering with neural networks and reading about the latest AI research.


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