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At the center of every technology transformation are people with visionary ideas for innovation, and the drive to push them forward. Pivotal with Hayete Gallot from Microsoft spotlights the heroes who are giving technology its purpose and driving impact for their business, community, and society.

Pivotal with Hayete Gallot Microsoft

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At the center of every technology transformation are people with visionary ideas for innovation, and the drive to push them forward. Pivotal with Hayete Gallot from Microsoft spotlights the heroes who are giving technology its purpose and driving impact for their business, community, and society.

    Project Gutenberg expands access to literature by creating audiobooks with AI

    Project Gutenberg expands access to literature by creating audiobooks with AI

    Project Gutenberg is the world’s first digital library. For over 50 years, it has been steadfast in its commitment to provide free, unfettered access to digitized literature for everyone.

    Run entirely by volunteers and driven purely by its mission to share public domain literature and information, Project Gutenberg stands out for how closely it hews to its altruistic vision, from creating e-books to audiobooks.

    Now, they are using AI text-to-speech capabilities from Microsoft to accelerate the progress of creating an extensive audiobook library. They've already created over 5,000 audiobooks using AI, and through this process, they've demonstrated how cost-effective AI can be to help build a world where literature can easily be shared.

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    Produced by Larj Media.

    • 48 min
    AI at scale: Accenture’s journey to empowering 10,000 developers with Copilot

    AI at scale: Accenture’s journey to empowering 10,000 developers with Copilot

    After a successful initial rollout of GitHub Copilot that increased developer productivity, Accenture now has given the tool to more than 10,000 developers worldwide — with a burgeoning waitlist of teams eager to deploy other Copilots. 

    In this episode, we hear from Karen Odegaard, Accenture's Global IT Managing Director, about how the firm is using generative AI and GitHub Copilot to transform the developer experience and reinvent the way developers do their jobs. 

    According to Karen, driving adoption isn’t just throwing new tools at people. It’s making sure the value is clear, and the tools are effective enough to change behaviors and mindsets. She shares her fascinating perspective on business transformation in the age of AI that any organization can learn from. 

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    Produced by Larj Media.

    • 33 min
    How the UAE is closing the education gap with AI tutors

    How the UAE is closing the education gap with AI tutors

    What if every student had access to a personal tutor who could help them learn based on customized areas of improvement or subjects of interest? This was the ambitious goal of the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Education. To turn this into reality, they connected with Quddus Pativada, the 20-year-old founder of AI learning firm ASI.

    Pativada had already developed and tested an AI tutor with the potential to transform how students learn, and was looking for a customer to implement his solution. Rather than trying to block the use of AI in their education system, the UAE is embracing it. Working with ASI and Microsoft, the Ministry is rolling out the AI tutor for all students across the country, providing one-on-one tutoring as a means to modernize and improve learning at all levels.

    In this episode, we hear from both Quddus and Raghad Aljughaiman, Strategic and Future Planning Advisor at the UAE Ministry of Education, about their ambitious journey toward personalized, AI-assisted learning at scale.

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    Produced by Larj Media.

    • 50 min
    AGRIVI puts AI to work on farms worldwide

    AGRIVI puts AI to work on farms worldwide

    On this episode of Pivotal, we meet Matija Zulj, the founder and CEO of the Croatian software company AGRIVI. Mitija explains how his company’s new AI solution — AGRIVI Ed — is making a large trove of industry and environmental data available and accessible to farmers to help them make better, faster decisions that can significantly improve their crop yields and income.

    AGRIVI believes that the positive effects of agriculture’s digital transformation will extend beyond making farming more efficient and profitable — it also has the potential to entice a younger generation to join the industry, reduce food waste, and help solve the global problem of food insecurity.

    Empowering farmers with AI tools is the new frontier of digital agriculture, and it ensures our access to food for generations to come.

    Link to full episode transcript.

    Produced by Larj Media.

    • 41 min
    BeeOdiversity uses AI and Mother Nature to protect the environment

    BeeOdiversity uses AI and Mother Nature to protect the environment

    BeeOdiversity’s mission is to help regenerate biodiversity and reduce pesticides and heavy metals in the environment by combining the brilliance of Mother Nature with technology. Their BeeOmonitoring solution uses data obtained from bees to measure pollutants and the state of biodiversity — and then help people use those measurements to change things for the better.

    After 10 years of collecting environmental data in partnership with bees and beekeepers worldwide, BeeOdiversity is working with Microsoft to process and interpret their findings through AI and machine learning tools. These new tools give them the power to review massive datasets and deliver timely, actionable insights that would have been impossible to uncover before.

    The beauty of this approach is that bees work every day to visit billions of plants across a vast area — and people rarely argue with their findings.

    Link to full episode transcript.

    Produced by Larj Media.

    • 37 min
    How Copilot is transforming customer service at Microsoft

    How Copilot is transforming customer service at Microsoft

    In the world of customer service, being able to understand the customer's needs, resolve issues, and pass along critical information to other service agents are critical factors that companies must get right. Ric Todd, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Customer Service and Support at Microsoft, believes the advent of generative AI will transform these processes for service agents and allow them to focus even more on how to serve customers better.

    Ric’s role centers around deploying and operationalizing new technology solutions for customer service at Microsoft, while providing feedback to improve those very solutions. In rolling out Dynamics 365 Customer Service and Copilot for Service across the organization, his team is seeing not only the benefits of a large language model that can reason over massive amounts of information instantly — but also a surprising ability to help agents tune into customers’ sentiments and communicate more effectively.

    Link to full episode transcript.

    Produced by Larj Media.

    • 36 min

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