Microsoft has apparently made a new acquisition, Semantic Machines and AI Startup which will be used to improve Microsoft’s Cortana.
Semantic Machines was founded in 2014 and the company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to make bots respond in a more natural way. This is something that Microsoft is looking to do with Cortana.
Microsoft will also use the technology to improve their Azzure Bot service that is used by 300,000 developers.
AI researchers have made great strides in recent years, but we are still at the beginning of teaching computers to understand the full context of human communication. Most of today’s bots and intelligent assistants respond to simple commands and queries, such as giving a weather report, playing a song or sharing a reminder, but aren’t able to understand meaning or carry on conversations. For rich and effective communication, intelligent assistants need to be able to have a natural dialogue instead of just responding to commands. We call this “conversational AI.”
You can find out more details about Microsoft’s plans for their latest acquisition over at Microsoft at the link below.