Date
19 October 2017
Machines will be able to accurately recognize human gestures, tones and body language in the future, says Harry Shum. Photo: HKEJ
Machines will be able to accurately recognize human gestures, tones and body language in the future, says Harry Shum. Photo: HKEJ

Machines could overtake humans with AI: Microsoft’s Shum

Machines will eventually replicate many human skills and could even perform better in some aspects in the future, says a top research executive at Microsoft Inc.

The key task for the technology community is to make artificial intelligence (AI) more human-like, Harry Shum Heung-yeung (沈向洋), executive vice president for technology and research at Microsoft, told the Hong Kong Economic Journal in an interview.

The American-Chinese scientist hinted at some new products that will be capable of differentiating between human faces and interpreting different objects, the paper said.

Shum’s remarks came a few weeks after Google’s AlphaGo program defeated Lee Sedol, a top-ranked player of the Chinese board game Go, at the DeepMind Challenge match in South Korea last month, marking a significant victory for the field of AI. 

Microsoft has developed two new products, namely HoloPort and HoloLens, in relation to the evolving arena of augmented reality.

Holoport enables transmission of three dimensional images using “Holoportation” technology, while HoloLens will provide users comprehensive information on objects that it observes.

With continuing improvement in technology, machines will eventually be able to accurately recognize human gestures, tones and body language, among other things, said Shum.

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