Envisaging a technological future where computers can learn human language and have conversations with people, Microsoft's India-born CEO Satya Nadella has said companies need to build "respectful" technology which gets the best of humanity and not the worst. "We want to take the power of human language and apply it more pervasively to all of the computing interface and interactions," Nadella said yesterday in his keynote address to thousands of developers at Microsoft's annual Build 2016 conference here. "To do that you have to infuse (intelligence) into the computers around us, you have to bring forth these technologies of artificial intelligence in machine learning so that we can teach computers to learn the human language, have conversational understanding, teach them about the broad contexts of personal preferences and knowledge so that they can help you with your everyday task," Nadella, 48, said. He envisaged a future where the machine is not against man but works with humans to offer seamless interface and experience in day-to-day learning. "All technology that we built has to be more inclusive and respectful..We want to build technology that gets the best of humanity and not the worst," Nadella said. "We want to build intelligence that augments human abilities and experiences. Ultimately it is not going to be about man versus machine. It is going to be about man with machines," he said. Technology where the human ability of judgement creativity, empathy and emotion is combined with the fast computation and ability to reason over large amounts of data, he said. "We want all developers to infuse intelligence into their applications...As we infuse intelligence into everything it is important to have a principled approach," Nadella said. "This will help us move our society forward. You also have to build trust right into our technology that means you have to have technology that has built-in protections for privacy, transparency, security as well as compliance," he said.
India-born chief of Microsoft Satya Nadella saw his pay packet shrinking to USD 17.7 million (about Rs 117.7 crore) in the fiscal ended June, including a bonus of $4.4 million.

India-born chief of Microsoft Satya Nadella saw his pay packet shrinking to USD 17.7 million (about Rs 117.7 crore) in the fiscal ended June, including a bonus of $4.4 million.

Nadella, who is betting on technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence to steer the software major’s growth, had a compensation of $18.3 million in the year ended June 2015.

 This year’s compensation includes a base salary of USD 1.2 million, along with bonus ($4.46 million), stock award ($12.01 million) and other compensation (USD 14,104), according to a preliminary proxy statement filed on October 3.

The stock award value is calculated on the basis of market price as of the date of grant of common stock awarded and other criteria.

Assuming that the highest level of performance conditions are met, the value of Nadella’s performance stock award would be little over $13.83 million, as per the filing.

“Nadella received when he was promoted to CEO, with a grant date fair value of USD 59,184,000; he will not be eligible to receive any part of this long term performance stock award compensation until 2019, if he continues to serve as CEO,” it added. Microsoft Executive Vice President and CFO Amy E Hood’s compensation stood at USD 10.37 million, while that of Chief Operating Officer B Kevin Turner was at USD 12.95 million for 2016.