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Microsoft working on virtual assistant that can answer 'Why' questions, will we see it in Cortana?

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Microsoft working on virtual assistant that can answer 'Why' questions, will we see it in Cortana?
Microsoft's head of research gave a lengthy interview for Bloomberg, hinting that the largest piece of the R&D budget is now going to artificial intelligence, and, to be precise, virtual assistants that can answer 'Why' questions.

That's apparently the hard thing to master, instead of just digging up info to answer a line of leading questions. For example, Microsoft has a smart elevator in store, which can predict which floor are you trying to get to before you've pushed the button, based on your individual habits and conversations with colleagues like lunch plans. Taking you there, for instance, would be an answer to the question "Why would this person want to go to this floor right now?"

It might sound scary, but the research chief claims safeguards are built in, preventing the AI project from connecting individual data with said habits. We hope some of this predictive artificial intelligence work will find its way into Microsoft's upcoming virtual assistant Cortana for Windows Phone, though we aren't sure if mobile chipsets and storage will be able to handle the data load to such an extent. Oh, well, give us at least the simultaneous translation service, Microsoft, and we'll call it even.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 03:20 7

1. skyline88 (Posts: 285; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


why PhoneArena? WHY??

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:06 4

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I have few questions to ask Cortana:
1. Why Steve Ballmer's face is so creepy sometimes?
2. Why Nokia can't have a better CEO like BlackBerry's CEO John Chen?
3. Why Nokia became a b**ch for bashing others in social networks after acquired by Microsoft?
4. Why I have no Kia?
5. Why I'm asking so many questions about Nokia and Microsoft?
6. Why Cortana? WHY?

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 18:21

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕❕.. You're crazy, dude..

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:38 4

3. fsnas (Posts: 92; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Why do fandroids afraid of WP8?

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 10:31

6. ePoch270 (Posts: 89; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I am a fan droid but I don't afraid of WP. I pitty WP users.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 10:40 3

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 1152; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


no pitty needed, i now only one droid device and the rest are windows.

If anything i pitty droid users, though just like me they dont need pitty.

Though i do feel sorry for the coutless s4, note 3 exchanges i do weekly, or other droid exchanges i do weekly, or master resets because gapps process kills the phone or any other random OS failure.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 18:21

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕... Good question.. Some sure are..

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:40

4. elocom (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


why not

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:46

5. yunikmaha (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)


Why is samsung Always coping apple

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 18:22 1

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕❕❕.. Ask siri that one..

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 12:25

8. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Why ask why.

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