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Microsoft's Judson Althoff: Machine learning is everywhere

When most people think of Microsoft, they think Windows software and PCs, but the firm's brass say that its future will be defined by selling services related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Axios caught up with Judson Althoff, Microsoft's Executive Vice President in charge of worldwide commercial business strategy, to understand how the company is helping to advance these technologies across the global economy.

Why it matters: Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are spending billions of dollars a year researching machine learning and AI in the hopes of becoming the dominant vendor in this space. Whoever wins will become an indispensable part of the global economic infrastructure.

Here's what Althoff had to say about the artificially intelligent economy: