Today, the programmable chips that Burger and Lu believed would transform the world—called field programmable gate arrays—are here. FPGAs already underpin Bing, and in the coming weeks, they will drive new search algorithms based on deep neural networks—artificial intelligence modeled on the structure of the human brain—executing this AI several orders of magnitude faster than ordinary chips could. As in, 23 milliseconds instead of four seconds of nothing on your screen. FPGAs also drive Azure, the company’s cloud computing service. And in the coming years, almost every new Microsoft server will include an FPGA. That’s millions of machines across the globe. “This gives us massive capacity and enormous flexibility, and the economics work,” Burger says. “This is now Microsoft’s standard, worldwide architecture.”
From 18 months to six months in response to pressure from the EU.
The Article 29 committee, comprising data protection officials from all 27 E.U. countries, has asked the leading search engine makers to respond to their concerns by the end of this month.
According to their privacy FAQ, Google anonymises IP addresses “after 9 months”. However, this doesn’t mean all IP information is deleted after that:
Microsoft will delete all parts of the IP (Internet Protocol) address after six months, while Google still retains part of the address after its self-imposed nine-month cut-off point.
I wonder how Google will respond to the Article 29 committee.
“Bing is a new contender in the search space and while I personally think it’s making solid progress, our users are not asking for it in great numbers yet. But we reevaluate our search providers regularly and we are not precluded by any arrangements with other search providers from adding anything we believe our users want.”
Translation: we don’t want another search option because it will eat away at revenues generated from our partnership with Google.
Microsoft are continuing to incorporate interesting features into the search engine.
So what are we doing? Well, we‘ll be providing access to Wolfram|Alpha’s advanced algorithms and expertly curated data within the Bing experience. This new and exciting work is completely aligned with our broader goal of enabling faster, more informed decisions. Specifically, we will bring nutritional information and tools into Bing’s search results, as well as some straight up hard math and homework help.