Microsoft’s new devices and the artificial intelligence wave

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Microsoft pitched developers to join its ecosystem as it showed off its very latest technologies and platforms at the Microsoft “Build 2016” event in San Francisco.

CCTV America’s Mark Niu reports from San Francisco.

Microsoft\'s new devices and the artificial intelligence wave

Microsoft pitched developers to join its ecosystem as it showed off its very latest technologies and platforms at the Microsoft "Build 2016" event in San Francisco.CCTV America's Mark Niu reports from San Francisco.

Microsoft said its Windows 10 platform leaves Windows 8 in the dust, routing 270 million active users in eight months’ time for its fastest operating system adoption in history.

But the star of the show was Hololens, Microsoft’s untethered headset that combines virtual reality and augmented reality. Microsoft made it available to developers for the first time, and showed how Case Western Reserve University was already using it.

Microsoft also showed off advances in intelligence through its personal assistant Cortana.

It also released a BOT platform, essentially making it easier for developers to build their own robot answering services that are increasingly used by companies.

But Microsoft ran into a problem this past week when it unveiled Tay, an artificial Intelligence chatbot designed to tweet like a teenage girl. Users actually tricked Tay into sending out offensive remarks, forcing Microsoft to make Tay private.

“When we launched our incubation Tay, a social bot in the United States, we quickly realized it was not up to the mark. So we are back to the drawing board while we continue to incubate from China and Japan and learn. Why is it there that the social bots work differently?” Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, said.

Microsoft also showed the great potential of its intelligence work by introducing blind software engineer Saqi Shaikh. Computer vision combined with artificial intelligence, and natural language voice recognition, could allow him to be fully aware of what most people take for granted.