Artificial Intelligence technology and its development intend to focus not only on household products like smart home services nor the future of road safety like Tesla’s electric vehicles. AI is broadly encompassing and it’s also taking over gaming.
In a press release, Microsoft announced that it would be working alongside long-time competitor Sony in developing new tech for user’s gaming experience through AI technology. Specifically, through Microsoft’s intuitive Azure cloud computing platform.
“Sony is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. We collaborate closely with a multitude of content creators that capture the imagination of people around the world, and through our cutting-edge technology, we provide the tools to bring their dreams and vision to reality,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, president, and CEO of Sony.
Microsoft and Sony will work on semiconductor chips and AI technology, particularly combining Sony-made image sensors with Azure’s AI tech. They will also develop cloud solutions that will supposedly “deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for their worldwide customers.” Sony will also use Azure’s data centers for its gaming and streaming services.
Moreover, Microsoft and Sony have introduced the idea of an instantaneous gaming experience through PlayStation Now and Project xCloud, respectively. Users can download or stream games without the need of a console and play with other players online. Think about Netflix, but for gaming.
Also, Google has also been teasing about its version of the cloud-based gaming technology that it calls Stadia for a couple of months now.
On other news, Microsoft Azure is the crucial ingredient in making Minecraft Earth a possibility. Microsoft uses its new Azure Spatial Anchors technology in adapting well-known computer games into augmented reality. The technology uses machine vision algorithms to enable the use of real-world objects as anchors for digital content. At the same time, future Minecraft Earth players will also contribute to making Microsoft’s Azure Spatial Anchors technology more potent by using their phone cameras to increase the technology’s data.
“I think the partnership will improve our overall product,” admits Neena Kamath, product lead for Azure Mixed Reality at Microsoft. “We discover so much… understanding how users interact with their world, and what the design points are. It’s a great partnership.” Now, the real-world data from these devices that everyone has in their pockets will feedback. “It’s a wonderful loop,” as reported by The Verge.
But as of the moment, Microsoft recognizes that the knowledge and skills required to develop AI technology are very limited to very few individuals. More specifically, people are not skilled enough for roles involving the use of Azure in aerospace, manufacturing, and elsewhere.
As a solution, Microsoft is investing in certification and training for a range of AI-related skills in partnership with the education provider, General Assembly. They are looking to train some 15,000 individuals across different universities by 2022. The training will focus on AI, machine learning, data science, cloud and data engineering, and more.
“Artificial intelligence is driving the greatest disruption to our global economy since industrialization, and Microsoft is an amazing partner as we develop solutions to empower companies and workers to meet that disruption head on,” said Jake Schwartz, CEO, and co-founder of GA. “At its core, GA has always been laser-focused on connecting what companies need to the skills that workers obtain, and we are excited to team up with Microsoft to tackle the AI skills gap.”
In a sense, the training will also provide as a talent scout platform for Microsoft to determine individuals suitable for their AI Talent Network that will be capable of long-term employment as well as contract work.
Developments on AI technology is still at the early stages and will only continue to grow bigger as more and more minds are involved and technology introduced to it. The World Economic Forum envisions up to 133 million new roles could be created by 2022. Gaming is only one of the industries that AI is taking over, but a world filled by AI is also part of the foreseeable future.