As applied to helping people and society, Horvitz raised examples of traffic predictions, wind-monitoring systems and predicting hospital readmissions in the context of developing an informational pipeline that uses data to make a prediction that leads to a decision. He also talked about the value of work to minimize errors in health care.
For over 20 years, Microsoft Research’s labs around the world have focused on research across a broad spectrum of topics in computer science. From the start, the organization has invested heavily in pioneering breakthroughs in machine intelligence, including efforts in machine learning and big data. In this interview, Distinguished Scientist Eric Horvitz talks about advances he sees on the horizon, the influence they will have on your daily life, and how insights from big data and developing more intelligent software and services will change the world.