Microsoft Research leaders lay 16 technology predictions for the year 2016

Founded in the year 1991, Microsoft’s Research arm is due to complete its 25 years existence in soon to be arriving year 2016. As the company celebrates this success, 16 eminent leaders from their Technology and Research group present their opinion and prediction on what major technological advancements would be seen in 2016 and in the next 10 years to come.

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The leaders bring out some of the most fascinating predictions that not only catch imagination, but something to feel excited as we move ahead. Here are some of the most interesting predictions to look forward to.

Technology Predictions for 2016

Depth Camera Technology

Chris Bishop, Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK says that in 2016 we will see advancements in silicon architectures leading to more powerful graphics processing units. Also, Chris feels that mobile phones will see new applications of depth camera technology.

Cloud Acceleration

Doug Burger, Director of Hardware, Devices, and Experiences, Microsoft Research NExT, has good news for cloud infrastructure followers as according to him cloud infrastructure will get boost with the large-scale inclusion of specialized computation acceleration, which will enable large gains in big data workloads, bioinformatics, high-performance computing and many other important verticals.

Shift towards Human Experience

Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research says that focus of the technology will shift towards providing enhanced human experience, values and potential.

Assistants to talk and help

Lili Cheng, Distinguished Engineer & General Manager, Microsoft Research NExT, looks to be fascinated by Cortana and predicts that the year 2016 will see digital assistants playing a bigger role in online conversations, helping humans to be much more productive. Lili says that job stations would eventually turn into virtual places from their present physical state.

Every data science program to have a data ethics program

Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research says that every data science program will have a data ethics curriculum, giving greater understanding the human implications of large-scale data collection and experimentation.

Artificial Intelligence technologies to be a regular affair

Li Deng, Partner Research Manager, Microsoft Research NExT, says that with greater research on deep learning methods and state-of-the-art machine translation AI will play a major role in one’s daily life.

Technology would allow patients with complicated diseases live longer

Jasmin Fisher, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, says that the year 2016 will see the usage of innovative interdisciplinary technologies helping patients with complicated diseases live longer than before.

New systems solutions which are immune to hacking

Sriram Rajamani, Assistant Managing Director, Microsoft Research India, foresee that 2016 will see the start of a new generation of systems solutions that guarantee security even if the operating system or other infrastructure gets compromised by hackers.

With so many predictions to look at, as users, 2016 looks to be a great technology driven year. Click here to read the all the predictions from Microsoft leaders.

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