Microsoft Current Affairs - 2020

US joins G7 partnership on Artificial Intelligence

The Leaders of Group of the seven wealthiest countries in the world had set up Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence.

Highlights

The United States was not a part of the partnership initially. However, US is now joining the group to counter Chinese dominance in shaping international standards on surveillance and facial recognition at the United Nations.

The initiative to launch a global group on Artificial Intelligence was initiated by France and Canada.

US on the partnership

The US initially objected G7 partnership on AI claiming that focusing too much on regulation of AI would hamper innovation. It is important for the US to join the partnership as there are several tech giants such as Google, Microsoft and Apple that contribute significant amount to the GDP of US. Also, the international standards set will affect these companies greatly. Therefore, it is important for the US to join the partnership.

G7

The Group of 7 or G7 is an intergovernmental economic organization that consists of world’s largest economies such as France, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, UK and US. The group has more than 46% of global GDP.

Microsoft launches K-12 Education Transformation Framework

Software giant Microsoft has launched its “K-12 Education Transformation Framework” to facilitate comprehensive digital transformation of schools in India.  So far, this framework model has been adopted by education leaders in more than 50 countries to help plan their learning strategies.

About K-12 Education Transformation Framework

Objective: It is aimed at providing education leadership, government decision makers, teachers and most importantly learners, tools to achieve ambitious change many schools seek and to thoughtfully integrate technology in powerful and productive ways.

Four Pillars: It comprises four pillars — leadership and policy, modern teaching and learning, intelligent environments and technology blueprint.

Features: It provides holistic framework to facilitate a comprehensive digital transformation of schools. It is a flexible platform based on latest research and input from hundreds of academics, experts, and policymakers. To help school principals initiate their journey of digital transformation, this framework programme offer them series of workshops based on each of the four pillars.