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Behold, Microsoft has dropped the black veil on a new Windows 10 build and some Android fun for Insiders. Microsoft kicked off last week with an initially relatively ho-hum Dev channel update for its army of unpaid testers, the Windows Insiders, in the form of build 20185. The gang has made DNS settings a little more …

  1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge
    Big Brother


    It also pointed to 52 per cent of UK workers using AI to "work faster and smarter"

    Is an AI system used to prove that fact? If so then it sort of stands to reason.

    I guess in 2022 deciding if you should get out of bed in the morning will be decided by an AI?

    Sometimes, computers and especially so called smart ones can be effing stupid when it comes to applying even a modicum of common sense.

  2. karlkarl Silver badge

    99% of AI is just glorified search algorithms. Is Microsoft basically saying their is a shortage of skilled Microsoft developers?

    There are loads of skilled developers, but their passion and interests have them running away from Microsoft's "passion killing" DRM and "child-like" development tools. Microsoft has only just started work on a decent development terminal since Windows 10 for goodness sake!

  3. 0laf Silver badge

    Possibly because the majority of interactions we have with AI systems end badly. Shite searches, shite email ordering, voice recognition that doesn't (, racist profiling, facial recognition that puts innocent people in a cell and scientists telling us that unless we're careful we'll be reduced to swapping out batteries for Terminators. What's not to like about AI

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    A Juicy Lucy Titbit for the Likes of DARPA Camouflaged AI Missions ....

    ..... and from Anywhere Ideally Everywhere Known.

    Kind old Microsoft has published research showing that UK businesses use less AI than foreign competitors, and when they do, the usage tends to be a little basic.

    A little basic ? ....... Virtual River Course Management ?

    Oh? Really? I imagine many Global Operating Devices would find that somewhat surprising given the obviously extremely well hidden complexities necessarily required in/for the Plotting of Virtual River Courses.

    Methinks Microsoft speak with forked tongue, Kemo Sabe.

    1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: the usage tends to be a little basic.

      Perhaps those UK businesses aren't so keen to put all their eggs in one basket?

      AI as it presently used is not that sophisticated and relatively unproven. Would you want to risk your business on some almost unproven AI system just on the word of Microsoft who has a vested interest in getting its adoption increased?

      1. Roland6 Silver badge

        Re: the usage tends to be a little basic.

        Perhaps UK businesses call a spade a spade and thus don't consider themselves to be using magical "AI".


        Do you use machine learning systems? Yes.

        Do you use constraints based systems? Yes.

        Do you use knowledge-based systems? Yes.

        Do you use computer vision? Yes.

        Do you use data analytics? Yes.


        Do you use AI? No - whats that!

        It is notable that nowhere in MS's report do they actually define what they mean by "AI".

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