|USDA and Microsoft Innovation Challenge for food resilience
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Microsoft are sponsoring the Innovation Challenge, a competition to develop data-driven software applications that help visualize and explore how climate change will affect the resiliency of food systems in the United States. Challenge participants will have access to a Microsoft Azure cloud-based data portal hosting key USDA datasets on agricultural practices and outcomes that span the past 100 years, enabling participants to investigate how food systems of tomorrow will be different from today.
The challenge offers prizes for applications that use the USDA data and provide actionable insights to farmers, agriculture businesses, scientists, or consumers across the United States so that they can plan for how current and future climate changes might influence food systems.
Eric Horvitz, managing director anddistinguished scientist, Microsoft Research, and Josh Tenenbaum, professor,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discuss putting a computational lens onscientific theories of rationality, human cognition, and the future ofartificial intelligence.
|Improving the Halo 5 multiplayer experience
Senior researcher Rob DeLine describes how the Halo team uses Trill, a high-performance in-memory incremental analytics engine, and Tempe, a web service for exploratory data analysis, to monitor and quickly improve the Xbox gaming experience.
|All hands, no keyboard: New Handpose technology can track detailed hand motion
Researchers at Microsoft have developed a system that can track -- in real time -- all the sophisticated and nuanced hand motions that people make in their everyday lives. The Handpose system could eventually be used by everyone from law enforcement officials directing robots into dangerous situations to office workers who want to sort through e-mail or read documents with a few flips of the wrist instead of taps on a keyboard.
|Image Composite Editor 2.0 adds auto-completion, stereographic projection
Image Composite Editor 2.0 introduces new features to the popular advanced panoramic image stitcher, including a new automatic image completion feature, which fills in the missing pixels when creating a panorama.
We recently previewed Skype Translator to two elementary school classes -- one in Washington and one in Mexico City. A few rounds of "Mystery Classroom" was all it took for these students to discover the potential of Translator to break down language barriers and bring people together.
|Share your photos, not your phone, with Microsoft Xim
Perfect for moments like dinner with friends, Microsoft Xim is simply a better way to share because you don’t have to pass your phone around to people. When you Xim, the photos will appear synchronously on everyone’s devices even if they don’t have the app. And, Xims expire after a little while so you’re not burdened with storage or management overhead. With Xim you’ll never have to worry again about mistakenly “oversharing” – be it a personal photo, or that little cold you’re getting over. Your friends can enjoy photos from the comfort of their own seat and screen rather than waiting turns or huddling around one phone. Because anyone invited to a Xim can advance the photos and all screens are synchronized, Xim is a unique shared experience in which everyone knows they are looking at and talking about the same photo, even when not in the same room together.
Xim is available for free in the Windows Phone, Apple App, and Google Play stores.
|Krysta Svore on quantum computing and machine learning
Senior Researcher Krysta Svore comments on the potential effect quantum computing can have on machine learning.