Microsoft Ignite 2021

  1. Ubiquitous and Decentralized Computing – “Every organization small or large, in every industry, in every country will require more ubiquitous and more decentralized compute power. We are going through a radical change in computing architecture–from the materials to semiconductors to the systems from the cloud to its edge. The result of all this will be continued, exponential growth in compute capacity. However, we are at peak centralization right now. As computing becomes embedded everywhere in our world–transforming how we interact with people, places and things–and as physical and digital worlds converge, we will require more sovereignty and decentralized control. Cloud and edge computing will evolve to meet all of these real-world needs.”
  2. Sovereign Data and Ambient Intelligence – “The volume, variety and velocity of data will go through explosive growth in the cloud–and in particular at the edge, driving that decentralized architecture of compute I just talked about. In this world, data will be more private, more sovereign. Data governance and provenance will take on new importance. Large-scale, multimodal models will become first-class platforms unto themselves–creating that ambient intelligence all around us. We will develop new methods of federated machine learning to drive the next generation of personalized and yet privacy-preserving services. Business logic will move from being code that is written, to being code that is learned from data–creating a completely new generation of business process and productivity systems. We will also see this new software tool approach being foundational to tackling these massive unsolved challenges, from personalized medicine to carbon recapture. In the AI we create using all this enormous power of the cloud, we will look for increasing levels of predictive and analytical power, common sense reasoning, alignment with human preferences–and perhaps most importantly, augmenting human capability.”
  3. Empowered Creators and Communities Everywhere – “Our economy will find a new balance between consumption and creation. In the last decade, we saw several tech advances that drove more consumption–from browsing, [to] more shopping, more binge watching. And behind all of this is creation. We believe the next decade will require technology advances that radically democratize creation. We will need to expand access to skills, tools and platforms–as well as connections and collaboration across communities, so that everyone can create. Whether it’s building a virtual world, students working on an assignment with short-form videos, knowledge workers creating formulas in spreadsheets, pro developers writing code, or domain experts using low-code tools to build applications. This democratization of creation will drive new innovation in end-user computing. Form and function of our devices will be reimagined across the stack–from silicon to the operating system to the experiences themselves. And these computing experiences will be further amplified by communities that learn from each other, build on each other and further amplify and accelerate creation.”
  4. Expanded Economic Opportunity for The Global Workforce – “We need to create these continuous feedback loops between the work, skills, learning and credentials required–both for the jobs of today and tomorrow. We need to define productivity much more broadly–inclusive of collaboration, learning and wellbeing–to drive career advancement for every worker, including frontline and knowledge workers, as well as for new graduates, and those who are in the workforce today. All of this needs to be done with flexibility in when, where and how people work.”
  5. Trust by Design – “Fundamentally, a technology provider should succeed only when it helps the world around it succeed. No one wants to build technology that rapidly scales but breaks the world around us. And no customer wants to be dependent on a provider that sells them technology on one hand and competes with them on the other. We need to have ethical principles govern the design, development and deployment of AI. Our technology needs to be secure by design and promote zero-trust architectural principles. We need to build technology with the design intent to protect the fundamental rights of all people–including privacy–and strengthening these institutions we all depend on for our livelihoods and wellbeing. And we need tech advancements that protect our most finite resource–our planet.”

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