Earlier than the promotion, Horvitz had been a technical fellow and director at Microsoft’s Analysis Labs. He joined Microsoft in 1993 and spent the higher a part of 16 years as a principal researcher on the firm. He additionally co-chairs the corporate’s Synthetic Intelligence and Ethics in Engineering and Analysis (AETHER) committee.

Based on Microsoft, Horvitz “will present cross-company management on advances and tendencies on scientific issues, and on points and alternatives rising on the intersection of know-how, individuals and society.” Maybe extra crucially, his workforce will advise the corporate on its “scientific instructions and capabilities, together with standing up new initiatives, offering steerage on firm priorities and assessing essential areas for funding in science and know-how.”

Eric Horvitz of Microsoft

A youthful Horvitz towards the beginning of his profession at Microsoft

Over on LinkedIn, Horvitz offers extra context on what he’ll be doing within the function, noting that his workplace will focus its efforts on analysis referring to biology, medical informatics, physics, sustainability, economics, and social and behavioral sciences. He additionally says he’ll put in a number of effort associated to AI ideas, purposes, and instructions.

Whereas we have seen corporations like Unimaginable Meals with chief science officers, they’re far rarer amongst extra technology-focused companies like Microsoft. The appointment speaks the rising significance of analysis to Microsoft, whether or not it relate to augmented actuality, sound or another variety of fields.

Picture: Bryce Duffy through Getty Pictures (Eric Horvitz)

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