Microsoft Robots Sound More Like Humans

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Microsoft tried to improve the conversational skills of Cortana and other chatbots like XiaoIce, which has recorded more than 30 billion conversations in China. They have worked for the last year so hard and now that Semantic Machines will soon speak foreign languages. The robotic conversation will be improved, so people could not make the difference between a human and a machine.

Better conversations with the technology

The conversational AI will support richer, more productive dialogues between humans and bots like Cortana. Despite being far, Microsoft believes that behind Amazon and Google, when it comes to the overall digital assistant market share, it isn’t giving up on the segment yet.

Google announced that its digital assistant was getting developed with more natural-sounding speech in addition to six new alternate voices. At Google I/O 2018, Google surprised everyone by the new skills and gestures of Google Assistant. Its voice was so real, that, people on the other end of a phone call apparently didn’t realize they were speaking with a software. After that demo, we found out that Microsoft will buy Semantic Machines, an AI startup out of California that will help Microsoft upgrade Cortana’s features. We are not sure if Google’s Duplex demo helped push Microsoft to do that, the news only reinforces the importance the robot world is having on making digital assistant sound more like a human.

Alexa available on Windows 10?

Acer announces the availability of the first Windows 10 laptops with Alexa pre-installed instead of Cortana. Amazon’s digital assistant may be more familiar for the buyers, but it also threatens to de-value Cortana’s existence as part of the Windows world. Microsoft partnered with Amazon so close as to integrate the two company’s AIs back in 2017. Bringing Alexa into Windows could be a win-win for both Microsoft and Amazon.

We are lucky to see that the two worlds become so appropriate and the robots will not be differentiated by humans, soon.

Patrick Supernaw

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