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In the Today in Technology series, Microsoft’s Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne explore the future of technology through the lessons of history. Join them as they visit places like Switzerland to retrace Cold War negotiations between a Russian and an American, and to Appleton, Wisconsin, to look at innovation in the heart of 1880s America. Watch videos and explore the series here.

How are today’s AI innovators building on the past? Microsoft President Brad Smith and Communications Director Carol Ann Browne traveled to Louis Braille’s childhood home in France to examine the history behind Braille’s centuries-old invention that made reading possible through touch. This recent journey, part of the Today in Technology series, ended at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA, with a demonstration of Seeing AI. The talking camera app, created for the blind and low vision community, “speaks what it sees,” says Anirudh Koul, a senior data scientist at Microsoft, and it uses the power of AI to make the visual world an auditory experience. Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility program will continue to invest in ways cutting-edge technology like this can be used to better the lives of people with disabilities. To go behind the scenes of Seeing AI, visit Today in Technology.

Microsoft President Brad Smith traveled to Louis Braille’s childhood home in France to look at the history behind his centuries-old invention that made reading possible through touch. This recent journey, part of the Today in Technology series, ended at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA, with a demonstration of Seeing AI. The talking camera app, created for the blind community, “speaks what it sees,” says Anirudh Koul, a senior data scientist at Microsoft, and it uses the power of AI to make the visual world an auditory experience. The company will continue to leverage AI solutions like this as it invests $25 million over 5 years in the AI for Accessibility grant program to build technology for people with disabilities. For more on this AI solution with a connection to the past, visit Today in Technology.

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Artificial Intelligence will enable breakthrough advances in areas like healthcare, agriculture, education and transportation. But how do we deal with the complex questions and societal concerns that AI raises? How do we ensure that AI is designed and used responsibly? How do we establish ethical principles to protect people? And how will AI impact employment and jobs? Microsoft explores these issues, and offers suggestions on the way forward in a new book, The Future Computed. Read more here

Artificial Intelligence will enable breakthrough advances in areas like healthcare, agriculture, education and transportation. But how do we deal with the complex questions and societal concerns that AI raises? How do we ensure that AI is designed and used responsibly? How do we establish ethical principles to protect people? And how will AI impact employment and jobs? Microsoft explores these issues, and offers suggestions on the way forward in a new book, The Future Computed. Read more here

Across Alabama, across the United States, and across the world many people breathed a sigh of relief that Roy Moore fell short winning a Senate seat. But not all people.

This week Ian Bremmer talks with Breitbart News White House Correspondent Charlie Spiering about the roughly one third of Americans who remain fervently behind the likes of Roy Moore, Steve Bannon and, of course, President Trump himself.

Over the past two decades, the appeal of authoritarianism has risen substantially in a number of countries. This graphic shows how support for the idea of a “strongman” leader has changed in key democracies (some of which are now only partial democracies) during that period.

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In this week's episode, far-right populism in Europe rises from the dead and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd puts the chances of war with North Korea at 1 in 4.

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