Ben Rudolph

Managing Director
Microsoft News Labs

Ben Rudolph leads Microsoft News Labs, Microsoft’s global effort to help journalists and journalism succeed by augmenting human creativity with innovative AI, collaboration, and content creation technology. Before launching News Labs in 2018, he held several leadership positions over his 11-years at Microsoft, including serving as Global Director of Retail Experience, where his team brought Microsoft and its products to life online, in-store and in-person at 50,000+ consumer and commercial stores in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ben was the first employee and global communications chief for virtualization pioneer Parallels. A father of six and a former collegiate Rugby player, Ben has been teaching Krav Maga and Jiu-jitsu to law enforcement, military, and civilians for over 20 years. Connect with him on Twitter at @benthepcguy.


AI-driven stories: how journalists can work with robots and algorithms

Greek National Opera (ground floor)

AI and machine learning are not only about marketing and personalisation. A multitude of experiments in 2017 and 2018 have shown us new processes and workflows that allow journalists to be more than just a data desk in the middle of a newsroom. What does it mean to do data-centred reporting or to focus on […]

main stage

The AI edit booth: Superscaling video assets and archives for new audiences

The Lighthouse (8th floor)

MICROSOFT NEWS: The news industry produces petabytes of video every day: How do journalists separate signal from noise, extract meaningful insights from terabytes (or petabytes) of content, and efficiently manage critical tasks like transcription and translation? Video Indexer, powered by Microsoft AI, is an out-of-the-box, no-code-required solution. Video Indexer automatically timestamps and transcribes videos, automates […]