Microsoft’s Chief Satya Nadella is back to his homeland briefly on a trip. In an event organised by Microsoft on Monday, the executive addressed a room full of young entrepreneurs and students aspiring to change the world. Nadella started speaking about the goal to build future tech by stating the importance of dreaming. Here are 4 notable takeaways for Indian startups from his speech earlier today
1. Having an Ability to Dream
After having quoted Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib’s couplet “Hazaaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle…” (meaning: Thousands of desires, each worth dying for…) Microsoft’s CEO spoke that the desire to build tech that can transform lives comes first from the ability to dream. “It’s not just about your dreams being fulfilled, it’s about the ability to have dreams worth dying for. The power of what we can do with digital technology. ” he said.
2. Building Smarter Machines that Understand Human Languages
With machine learning and chat bots catching up in the Indian startup ecosystem, Microsoft’s CEO acknowledges the importance of building AI that can also understand human dialog. Nadella said “Instead of us having cognitive load for so many tasks, we should build bots with an understanding of human language.” Such systems can help increase human productivity by assistance and automation of tasks.
3. Democratizing Technology
Disruptive innovation can happen only when masses adopt that particular technology. Satya Nadella spoke about building future technology in India that would be both accessible and affordable for everyone. He emphasized that building technology with a self learning engine should become as common as building a website. Adoption of such an intuitive tech will enable ease of use for a large amount of population.
4. An Augmented Future
Virtual reality and augmented reality are two areas in which both big tech companies and new innovative startups are placing their bets on. After showing a futuristic Hololens’ promo video, Satya Nadella stated that “Combination of mixed reality will fundamentally change the computing process”. Besides chatbots, he believes that such technology will redefine the ease by which we communicate, create, and do more with our lives.
Below is a video presented at the event, showing the possibilities augmented reality technology can create.
Chatbots, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality were the highlights of the talk. Which technology do you think would be the biggest among these three?