Microsoft has appointed Eric Horvitz as its first-ever Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). He will provide cross-company leadership on advances and trends on scientific matters and on issues and opportunities arising at the intersection of technology people and society.
The team under Horvitz will advise the company on its scientific directions and capabilities, including standing up new initiatives, providing guidance on company priorities, and assessing important areas for investment in science and technology.
Horvitz who joined Microsoft in 1993. He was a Technical Fellow and Director at Microsoft's Research Labs. He has co-chaired the company's Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER) Committee.