In this video, again with Joseph Sirosh from Microsoft, we are presented with the possibilities of Machine Learning applied in scientific research applications. In this case on Cosmology and Astronomy settings, but what is striking is that Microsoft SQL Server, its integrations with broad scripting programming languages such as R, Python, Scala or C++ in an open source framework, opens up possibilities only bounded by the imagination. Of note also is a reference to the emergence of a new concept, the Citizen Scientist:
The world’s largest telescope is not a telescope at all. It’s a SQL server database. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has given us a view into the stars unlike any other, making the richest catalog of objects in the universe visible, open, searchable and query-able by anyone. You can visually fly though it. This database was built on SQL server, running on Linux, which allows machine learning and advanced analytics to be shared on the same platform, taking a huge step change in how intelligent apps are built.