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Digital technologies adding life and strength to traditions, cultures, and languages.

What’s in a face? Artificial intelligence deciphers the emotional mysteries of ancient Buddhist statues

Is Japan’s Ashura Buddha happy or sad? Nara University researchers turned to Azure Cognitive Services’ Face API to unravel its mysteries and analyze the 1,200-year old statue’s subtle facial expressions. The project also resulted in a website that lets people connect with ancient art by matching their photos to statues with similar expressions.

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HoloLens technology: A new way to tell ancient indigenous stories to a new generation

For many, digital transformation can be regarded as a threat to traditional ways of life. But in Australia and New Zealand, some indigenous groups are embracing emerging technologies like Microsoft’s HoloLens, using them as tools to safeguard and strengthen their ancient heritage and cultures for the future.

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India: Breaking barriers in local language computing with artificial intelligence

In India, a population comprising over 422 million native Hindi speakers struggle to use digital tools due to the language barrier. Here’s a look at how AI-powered features are helping millions of users across the country become more productive with powerful digital tools that support Hindi across Windows 10 and Office 365.

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Preserving landmarks ruined in war, threatened by time across Asia and the world

French architect Yves Ubelmann and his team at Iconem use Microsoft AI to preserve ancient architectural sites for future generations, by stitching together thousands of photographs, architectural plans, and historical documents. These digital preservations are helping teachers, students and researchers understand civilizations through historic landmarks that are often difficult to access.

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Protecting the world’s languages for an inclusive future

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Bring Aboriginal learning to life through augmented reality in one Australian state

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Students and the public can study once-inaccessible literature with AI and cloud computing

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Māori Televsion: New Minecraft indigenous language coding for New Zealand students

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Mixed Reality Museum in Kyoto: A unique insight into centuries-old Japanese artwork

Kyoto National Museum, partners with hakuhodo-VRAR to create the “MR Museum in Kyoto” to apply a mixed reality experience to Kennin-ji’s (the oldest Zen temple in Japan) beautiful and sacred artwork The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin (Wind God and Thunder God Screens) by Tawaraya Sotatsu, painted over 400 years ago.

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When dreams become (augmented) reality: preserving Australia’s Indigenous cultures

Mikaela Jade, an Indigenous entrepreneur, and Tianji Dickens, the lead of Microsoft Philanthropies in Australia, combined resources to use Microsoft HoloLens as a culture-preserving technology

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Microsoft Translator announces Tamil text translation to break communication barriers

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AI and fish farming: High-tech help for a sushi and sashimi favorite in Japan

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Coding for culture: Connecting digital skills with Australian Indigenous heritage

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