Microsoft’s Cortana AI Could Be Getting A Bit More Personal With You According To Recent Patent Filing
In case you haven't already picked up on it, helpful artificial intelligence is making a big play to become embedded in many of the devices that we use on a daily basis. With its top-end Pixel smartphone, Google has an AI assistant running throughout the entire OS. And we just recently learned that Samsung will apparently push the AI focus hard with its upcoming Galaxy S8.
Now, we learn that Microsoft wants to up its AI game with Cortana. The goal with any solution like this is to not only provide specific information at your beck and call, but to be able to interact with that AI in the same way you'd interact with a human: with real questions.
In a new patent, Microsoft highlights that fact with a point-blank statement: "Providing the same greeting to the user twice in one day is not typical of how the user would be greeted by a human." Obviously, we humans do tend to repeat ourselves often - we can't very well come up with billions of individual greetings but it wouldn't feel natural if we were to hear the exact same greeting each and every day.
As creepy as it might sound to some, this kind of functionality could actually make it seem like you have a real friend, and we feel like it's only a matter of time before we hear a story of how someone has become just a bit too close to their AI assistant. For the rest of us, advanced AI like this could truly make our lives easier, without having to make us sound like robots. It's a win/win if you are already comfortable with talking to your phone or PC.
There's no hint in the patent that suggests when we might see this advanced seemingling Cortana-targeted front end make its debut, but given that Microsoft's competition is already unveiling its own solutions, something tells us we're not going to have to wait that long for Redmond's own.