Microsoft Outlook’s AI features: Big help or Big Brother? Microsoft aims to cut the hassle of arranging meetings for Office 365 users with AI email and calendar suggestions. Read more: https://zd.net/2FZDSC1 Technology is driving globalization to the benefit of some, but it’s also brought with it destruction of cultures, such as the widespread loss of languages as the world gravitates towards a handful of dominant languages. And while many fear that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of human history, Microsoft wants to use AI to record and protect cultural history at threat from globalisation. See also Telemedicine, AI, and deep learning are revolutionizing healthcare (free PDF) Microsoft president and top lawyer Brad Smith has announced a new “AI for Good” plan that specifically addresses cultural heritage, joining its other AI initiatives focused on the environment, humanitarian issues and accessibility. SEE: How to implement AI and machine learning (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF (TechRepublic) Smith points to UNESCO research that a third of the world’s languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers and that every two weeks a language dies. “It is predicted that between 50 and 90 percent of endangered languages will disappear by the next century. When the world loses a language, we all lose an important piece of human history, and a community loses its ability to connect and communicate with its past,” said Smith. Microsoft’s cultural heritage program will use AI to work with nonprofits, universities and governments to help preserve languages,… [Read full story]
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