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Microsoft is Democratizing AI with Steph Locke | Utilizing AI 2×22

Microsoft plays a large role in enterprise IT applications, from the desktop to the data center, to the Azure cloud, and the company is active in the world of AI as well. But most of Microsoft’s work has gone unnoticed, with high-profile cloud AI and ML applications at companies like Google and Uber getting all the press. In this episode, Steph Locke joins Chris Grundemann and Stephen Foskett to discuss the place of AI inside the Microsoft ecosystem. Microsoft has built AI into search and Cortana and has also produced an AI Builder and ML workspace in Azure that allows developers to produce their own chatbots, recognize images, and more. Steph also discusses the AI-related announcements at Microsoft Build. We finish up with a deep discussion of accessibility and diversity and potential solutions from hiring, to training, to awareness.

Three Questions

  1. Can you think of an application for ML that has not yet been rolled out but will make a major impact in the future?
  2. Is it possible to create a truly unbiased AI?
  3. Will we ever see a Hollywood-style “artificial mind” like Mr. Data or other characters?

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About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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