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Towards quantum computing

New to quantum? Here's a primer.

An introduction to the mind-bending world of quantum computing. Learn how Microsoft is blending quantum physics with computer science with Quantum Computing 101.

Meet the quantum computing team at Microsoft

Microsoft has brought together some of the world’s top physicists, computer scientists and engineers to build a scalable, fault-tolerant, universal quantum computer.

Ars Technica: Microsoft makes play for next wave of computing with quantum computing toolkit

Stay updated: Empowering the quantum revolution

"Quantum computing could solve problems that would take today's computers eons in the time it takes to grab a cup of coffee."

Read more about Microsoft's quest for a quantum future.

Making General Purpose Quantum Computing a Reality

Microsoft is on the path to building the first topological qubit, a type of quantum bit that will serve as the basis for a scalable, general purpose quantum computer, marking a profound breakthrough in quantum physics.

The Edge of AI

AI in the Open World

Fielding AI solutions in the open world requires systems to grapple with incompleteness and uncertainty. Eric Horvitz addresses several promising areas of research in open world AI, including enhancing robustness via leveraging algorithmic portfolios, learning from experiences in rich simulation environments, harnessing approaches to transfer learning, and learning and personalization from small training sets. In addition, Eric will cover mechanisms for engaging people to identify and address uncertainties, failures, and blind spots in AI systems.

Research in Focus: Project InnerEye

Watch a demo a prototype application of assistive AI for cancer treatment. AI has the capability of identifying the tumor and nearby anatomical structures in 3D, performing a labor-intensive task called segment contouring with 90 percent accuracy, and doing so dozens of times faster than a human.

Transforming Machine Learning and Optimization through Quantum Computing

AI for Accessibility: Augmenting Sensory Capabilities with Technology

Microsoft Research AI

Microsoft researchers in artificial intelligence are harnessing the explosion of digital data and computational power with advanced algorithms, enabling collaborative and natural interactions between people and machines that extend the human ability to sense, learn and understand.

Fireside Chat with Harry Shum

Christopher Bishop has a fireside chat with Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research group.

Security & Privacy

Microsoft Security Risk Detection

A cloud-based tool, formerly known as Project Springfield, that developers can use to look for bugs and other security vulnerabilities in the software they are preparing to release or use, saving companies the heartache of having to patch a bug, deal with crashes or respond to an attack after it has been released.

Privacy in the Internet (Without Giving up Everything Else)

Posting photos of your kids? Anonymity and privacy in family life online

Check out the libraries and tools

Microsoft security, privacy, and cryptography efforts are guided by the responsibility to build and maintain trust in the computing ecosystem with state-of-the-art systems, controls, and services.

Trusted Cloud Project

Microsoft Research aims to provide customers of cloud computing complete control over their data—no one should be able to access the data without the customer’s permission.

Securing the cloud

At any point in time on any day of the week, Microsoft’s cloud computing operations are under attack: The company detects a whopping 1.5 million attempts a day to compromise its systems. But Microsoft isn’t just fending off those attacks. It’s also learning from them.

Advances in AI & Machine Learning

How do you teach AI to fly? With their own highly realistic simulator

The ability to differentiate things like trees, curbs, and glass doors come easily to humans, but it's still difficult for AI-based systems. Microsoft researchers are aiming to change that by working on a new set of tools, now available on GitHub, that other researchers and developers can use to train and test robots, drones and other gadgets for operating autonomously and safely in the real world.

Leading innovation in AI to improve citizen health

How can doctors keep up with the explosion of medical research? The Azure for Research program provided an Azure grant to University College London to quickly develop and deploy AI solutions in the cloud.

Generating computer code based on a user's intent with deep learning

How Microsoft researchers are helping keep AI accurate and unbiased

We’re hiring in AI!

Researchers in AI are pursuing computing advances to create intelligent machines that complement human reasoning to augment and enrich our experience and competencies.

Minecraft and AI: Enabling technology that can collaborate with humans

Learn more about Project Malmo, a platform that uses the world of Minecraft as a testing ground for advanced artificial intelligence research and innovation.

Scientists and engineers working together to help solve global challenges

In the news

Microsoft bets on quantum computing to crack the world’s toughest problems

TechRepublic, November 9, 2017

Microsoft’s BrainWave is going to supercharge AI – and it’s coming to the cloud

TechRepublic, November 6, 2017

Smart mosquito trap could prevent spread of deadly diseases

Fox News, November 1, 2017

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