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Nov 07, 2017 05:03 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Satya Nadella & Anil Kumble chat about intelligent tech on & off a cricket field

Three key technologies - mixed reality, artificial intelligence and quantum computing- will lead to massive shifts in the world economy and society, said Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chief Executive on Tuesday.

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Three key technologies - mixed reality, artificial intelligence and quantum computing- will lead to massive shifts in the world economy and society, said Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chief Executive on Tuesday.

In Delhi to promote his book “Hit Refresh”, Nadella spoke to Anil Kumble in a session here, talking about everything from growing up in India, to cricket, the need for empathy in technology and how sports can leverage technology better.

The two spoke about their “Hit Refresh” moments, times in their lives when they saw a need to bring about a change or change trajectory for a better future.

While Kumble spoke of the 1983 World Cup win as being a decisive moment for Indian cricket, he said his personal reinvention happened at the India-Australia series in 2003-04 in Australia, where he was at a crossroads in his career and reinvented himself.

In its 43-year old history, Nadella said “every five years, Microsoft has had some existential threat” but has managed to overcome it.

On the technology front, Nadella said mixed reality was the “ultimate computing experience” which lets the user experience real world and virtual reality simultaneously. Kumble said Microsoft’s HoloLens technology can enhance the fan experience in cricket.

“Quantum computing is our long term horizon bet,” added Nadella.

Quantum computing, loosely explained, is the next advance in computing technology that minimises the energy consumption of the tiniest particles in a computer system, while storing the maximum amount of data.

Kumble, who is also an engineer, said as a sports person, data has always fascinated him.

Nadella and Kumble also discussed the leadership lessons they learnt from cricket and the positive impact of intelligent technologies on cricket.
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