Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Azure Bot Service

Azure Bot Service - chatbot | Microsoft Azure
"Intelligent, serverless bot service that scales on demand"
Microsoft Touts Azure Cloud Service for Running Bots

"Microsoft’s Azure Bot Service, now in preview, builds on the company’s much touted Bot Framework, which aims to support all the popular chat and texting applications in the universe.

“This is a full application, a managed platform that does all you need to host a bot,” Microsoft executive vice president Scott Guthrie told Fortune."

The service relies on Azure Functions, which like the Lambda service from Microsoft rival Amazon Web Services, lets developers quickly build in capabilities that are triggered by a user action or some sort of software trigger or event. "

OpenAI + Microsoft Azure

Microsoft is partnering with Elon Musk’s OpenAI to protect humanity’s best interests - The Verge

"Microsoft’s artificial intelligence research division has announced a partnership with the Elon Musk-backed nonprofit OpenAI. As part of the deal, OpenAI will get access to Microsoft’s latest virtual machine technology for running large-scale AI training and simulation exercises, while Microsoft will have cutting-edge research conducted on its Azure cloud platform. OpenAI, founded last December by Musk and Y Combinator president Sam Altman, is focused on developing AI that has long-term positive impacts on society, instead of software that could potentially be used for harm or is solely profit-motivated in its creation."