Kevin Scott of Microsoft Hopes Artificial Intelligence Will Help His Hometown – The Wall Street Journal

Kevin Scott of Microsoft Hopes Artificial Intelligence Will Help His Hometown – The Wall Street Journal

Microsoft’s chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, is humming Mozart’s “Sonata facile,” a melody that he recalls hearing in “Looney Tunes” cartoons. A computer could easily learn to play it, he says, but such a rendition probably wouldn’t elicit an emotional response from a listener. “It’s not about the notes; it’s about this connection…with the audience,” he says. “I don’t know if that’s going to be possible with a machine.”

Mr. Scott, 48, has been working on artificial intelligence for most of his working life. He is acutely…

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