Posted by: kurtsh | November 17, 2015

RELEASE: Free eBook, “Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft”

imageWhat happens when you let 9 science fiction authors have access to Microsoft Research & the technologies the researchers are developing?

They write a book of science fiction short stories, of course.

[taken from Microsoft News’ article]

To the casual observer, the kind of technological breakthroughs Microsoft researchers make may seem to be out of this world.

Their research is a blueprint for the future of technology, in areas such as – but not limited to – computer vision, artificial intelligence, real-time speech translation, machine learning and quantum computing. So it’s only natural that their work can inspire others – especially those who write about other worlds.

On Tuesday, Microsoft releases an anthology inspired by the work Microsoft researchers are doing. “Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft,” is available to anyone as a free download.

“The idea was to bring authors in to expose them to what some people might think is science fiction. In a way, you could say the world of Microsoft Research turns science fiction into science fact,” says Steve Clayton, chief storyteller at Microsoft. “We didn’t show them a piece of technology and ask them to please write about that. We showed them technology and introduced them to a group of people, and then asked them, what did it spark in your mind as ideas, where did it inspire you to think the technology may go?”

The stories are based on meetings with the research scientists who are working on the most cutting-edge areas of research.

“All of our product teams look over the horizon, but probably more in the one- to two-year realm, whereas Microsoft Research has a bit more license to look at the realm of anywhere between one and 10 years,” says Clayton. “It gives them more opportunity for things that might seem like flights of fancy, but ultimately do become science fact.”

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