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Microsoft debuts artificial intelligence safety software

Microsoft Corp. has debuted artificial intelligence (AI) software that could play an important role in future occupational safety programs that eventually could become mandatory, safety and legal experts told Bloomberg BNA. The software identifies workers and dangers in the workplace.

However, attorneys say legal issues could emerge if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uses the information to investigate or cite employers.

At Microsoft Build 2017 in Seattle in May, Microsoft debuted its growing capabilities in AI programs, which use some of the same concepts that enable a smartphone camera to focus on different faces or a laptop to identify people in photographs.