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Hyderabad: Aiming to make Hyderabad the country’s top information technology destination, the Telangana government will launch four new policies for IT, innovation, gaming and animation and hardware on December 28 during Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s visit.

Telangana Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao told reporters on Saturday that they plan to hold a big event during Nadella’s visit to T-Hub, billed as India’s largest technology incubator.

The government has requested Nadella to unveil policies for IT, innovation/startups, Innovation in Multimedia, Animation, Gaming and Entertainment (IMAGE) and Electronic System Design Manufacturing (ESDM).

The minister announced this while inaugurating incubator for IMAGE, developed by Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) in collaboration with the state government.

Referring to the floods in Chennai which hit the IT sector, the minister said Hyderabad has the unique opportunity as no other city is as safe as Hyderabad.

“No other city is shielded from natural calamities like cyclones, typhoons and earthquakes. We have to seize this opportunity and work for it,” he said.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said with the initiatives taken by the government during last 16 to 18 months, Hyderabad had re-asserted itself as one of the premier destinations of IT in the country.

“But we are not completely content with this. We have bigger plans. Multiple initiatives have been taken and with the kind of planning and policy support, we hope that Hyderabad will be the top destination in the country in a couple of years,” said KTR, who is the son of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

(IANS)

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Satya Nadella: Robots Won’t Make People Jobless

The Microsoft tool has the potential to help businesses make use of AI without inadvertently discriminating against certain groups of people

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"Autonomy is not just about a few self-driving projects. This is about autonomy everywhere," the Microsoft CEO. (Wikimedia Commons)

Even in a “runaway Artificial Intelligence (AI)” scenario, robots will not render people completely jobless, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told The Sunday Telegraph in an interview.

People will always want a job as it gives them “dignity”, Nadella said, adding that the focus should instead be on applying AI technology ethically.

“What I think needs to be done in 2018 is more dialogue around the ethics, the principles that we can use for the engineers and companies that are building AI, so that the choices we make don’t cause us to create systems with bias … that’s the tangible thing we should be working on,” he was quoted as saying.

According to a report in MIT Technology Review on May 25, Microsoft is building a tool to automate the identification of bias in a range of different AI algorithms.

Robots won't render people jobless
Robots won’t render people jobless. Pixabay

The Microsoft tool has the potential to help businesses make use of AI without inadvertently discriminating against certain groups of people.

Although Microsoft’s new tool may not eliminate the problem of bias that may creep into Machine-Learning models altogether, it will help AI researchers catch more instances of unfairness, Rich Caruna, a senior researcher at Microsoft who is working on the bias-detection dashboard, was quoted as saying by MIT Technology Review.

“Of course, we can’t expect perfection — there’s always going to be some bias undetected or that can’t be eliminated — the goal is to do as well as we can,” he said.

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In the interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Nadella also said that as Microsoft’s business model was based on customers paying for services, he believed the company was on “the right side of history”.

“Our business model is based on our customers being successful, and if they are successful they will pay us. So we are not one of these transaction-driven or ad-driven or marketplace-driven economies,” the Microsoft chief was quoted as saying. (IANS)

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