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Next Big Windows Update Will Bring Hardware-Accelerated AI (zdnet.com) 87

Mary Jo Foley, writing for ZDNet: Every tech vendor these days is quick to slap the AI label on products and services. Up until today, I thought Microsoft had done an admirable job in refraining from doing this with Windows. But the shark has been jumped as of March 7, the company's latest Windows Developer Day. Cue the eye rolls. Microsoft is telling developers that the next release of Windows 10, which we are still calling by its codename, "Redstone 4," will enable developers to "use AI to deliver more powerful and engaging experiences." Microsoft execs say there's now an AI platform in Windows 10 that enables developers to use "pre-trained machine learning in their apps on Windows 10 devices."
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Next Big Windows Update Will Bring Hardware-Accelerated AI

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  • by sinij ( 911942 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @04:12PM (#56223269)
    "more powerful and engaging experiences" is a euphemism for spying on users.
    • Don't worry, "pre-trained machine learning" is probably a euphemism for if-statements, so it's unlikely that either will be necessary.

    • That's only half right. "Engaging" is the user spying. "Powerful" is the other half of the coin, improving Microsoft's ability to remotely control our computers.

    • Yeah, this, in spades. Just one more thing you'll have to jump through hoops, and hack the hell out of the registry to disable.
  • What a hoot ;) lolololololol

    just my 2 cents
    • It's a marketing ploy. AI is being mentioned in the news a lot lately, so Microsoft has to look like they're on board. That's all this is. I'm surprised they didn't say "blockchain" in there somewhere as well.

      • I'm surprised they didn't say "blockchain", yep! your right I did not look at it that way when I first read it ;)
  • by h8sg8s ( 559966 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @04:17PM (#56223289)

    MS Bob is now pumped up and will shove animated AI paperclips up your @ss if you do anything he doesn't like. I, for one, welcome our new Skynet overlords..

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      Yeah will it seems, a playstation or steambox for gaming and a Linux box for coms and cursing M$ to hell for anything else, not that I believe but the 9th level with the betrayers would be suitable for them.

  • by nmb3000 ( 741169 ) <nmb3000@that-google-mail-site.com> on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @04:19PM (#56223297) Journal

    Microsoft execs say there's now an AI platform in Windows 10 that enables developers to use "pre-trained machine learning in their apps on Windows 10 devices."

    That's not hardware acceleration, because you need, ya know, specialized hardware for that which you can't send via a software update. In fact, the word "hardware" isn't even in the linked article, so where did this silly headline even come from?

    • by jetkust ( 596906 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @04:46PM (#56223437)
      They did include an architectural diagram in the article. The hardware part is WindowsML -> DirectML which will utilize the GPU and/or the AVX-512 instruction set of the CPU, or any possible future chip created with ML in mind.
      • Correct. GPU aren't just for graphics and physics, they will be taking on the role of performing AI as well. Just ask nVidia.

  • I can't believe the seemingly low understanding of modern AI and neural networks that seems to linger on Slashdot...

    It's a good idea to provide frameworks that help the system use GPU or other dedicated hardware to work with pre-existing neural networks. It means practical use of local pre-defined networks for things like image or speech recognition - or did you seriously all WANT all of that traffic going to a server for processing?

    Apple just introduced this last year themselves, they call it CoreML.

  • ... Artificial Stupidity would not carry such a marketing zing, would it?

  • by Gaxx ( 76064 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @04:34PM (#56223359)

    Er... so that would be a computer, then?

  • Sounds reasonable (Score:5, Interesting)

    by EndlessNameless ( 673105 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @04:39PM (#56223397)

    Per the article, they will let developers train their AI in Azure and then import directly into applications. Training a neural network is exactly the kind of limited-duration, CPU-heavy activity that the cloud is designed for. Borrow a thousand CPUs to knock it out in short order and get on with your work.

    And imagine if you wanted to train an algorithm with different inputs to see which method yields the best results in your application. You can burn through the training process in parallel in the cloud quickly, and then start building packages for testing immediately. You can iterate faster to fine tune things once you've picked the best baseline training. Without paying for an expensive AI "render farm" up front. The idea is promising, although the devil is always in the details.

    And, obviously, any decent hardware-level support for AI would be great. The article only refers to the Azure integration though, so it appears the Slashdot headline is misleading.

  • So 90s. I thought we stopped Jumping Sharks when we started Nuking Fridges.

  • Just checked out two Windows laptops, running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. On each, I checked Windows Update and found the usual uninstalled stack of Optional Updates waiting to be downloaded. On each machine, I dutifully checked all the installation boxes and clicked Download and Install. Both machines cranked away for a half hour and then crapped out with "Cannot find updates. Try again later?"

    Before Microsoft puts anything resembling AI into Windows, could it deign to release a version of the OS that doesn

    • by marcle ( 1575627 )

      Yes this. I have been supporting Windows machines for friends, family, and clients for years.
      I can't recommend Microsoft any more. They were never terrific, although Windows 7 was a high point. But now they've gone full tilt into this remote-controlled walled garden kind of thing.
      Want to guess how an app could use AI? Such as noticing your activity and recommending various products and services? Or, worse, reconfiguring things for you?

      • Let me guess... instead of waiting for a Windows update to rearrange all the systems settings UI, this "A.I." feature will dynamically rearrange things for you on the fly.

        • by MemeRot ( 80975 )

          Predictive analytics to move the update now button under your mouse at the most unexpected time

        • "It looks like you're trying to find a shortcut on your desktop. Would you like help?"


  • Need I remind you that this is the company that invented Clippy?

    There, fixed it for you:
    "Redstone 4," will enable developers to "use AI to deliver more powerful and annoying experiences."

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