In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision
One week ago, Microsoft held its Developer Build conference on its backyard in Seattle. This week, Google did the same in an amphitheater right next to the campus of Mountain View. Although Microsoft’s event has felt like the resurgence of Satya Nadella-led company, Google I / O – and especially its various variants, a little scattered – fell flat this year.
The two companies have long been the rivals, of course, but now – perhaps more than ever – they are facing a collision that allows them to compete with cloud computing, auto-learning and artificial intelligence applications productivity and virtual and The augmented reality.
It is fascinating to compare the key segments of Pichai and Nadella. The two opened their respective shows. But while Pichai used her time primarily to announce new statistics and a new product or two, Nadella instead used her stage time to talk about the opportunities and risks of the inevitable march of technological progress that went much further than her company is now “Amnesty International first.” We will use technology to increase the autonomy of more people, “said Nadella on one of the fundamental principles of what her company wants to be focused on.” When we have these amazing advances in computer vision, speech or text comprehension , Use it to attract more people to use technology and participate economically in our society. ”
And while Google is celebrated mainly in its primary I / O speech, Nadella has spent much of her time celebrating and helping developers in a way that felt very authentic.
After spending a few days at both events, I could not stop going home thinking that Microsoft could have a more complete view of what AI world we live in soon – and if Google actually has, I do a good job at articulating I / O this year.
The area where this rivalry is the most obvious (outside the main cloud services) is learning the machine. Google CEO Sundar Pichai noted during its main segment how the company moves from a first mobile phone company to the first IA. Microsoft is essentially on the same path, despite its CEO Satya Nadella has formulated differently. None of the companies actually mentioned the other in their key events, but the parallels here are pretty clear.
The two marquee products that the two companies were accustomed to showing their AI dexterity were surprisingly similar. For Microsoft, it was Remix Story, a very clever application that automatically creates interesting home videos in our photos and videos. For Google, it was Google Photos, which uses machine learning technology to help you share your best photos more easily. Remixing is a much more fun and interesting product, which received massive applause from the audience in the Build for developers, while the new Google Photos are very useful, but do not turn people off. There was nothing developers could learn from this segment.