Cortana’s new conversational AI technology sounds almost human

Rabia Noureen avatar. By: Rabia Noureen
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Microsoft is all set to enhance the intelligence of its Cortana Digital Assistant. Microsoft announced that Cortana will get conversational artificial intelligence technology very soon.

In simple words, Microsoft says that Cortana will now hold more natural and realistic conversations with its users. The Redmond giant acquired a natural language startup Semantic Machines last year and now it wants to get the most out of its technology.

Furthermore, the tech giant used a video to demonstrate its plans in front of the global community. The video showed that Cortana helping an executive to schedule and reschedule meetings with her colleagues.

The whole process was done in a more natural and realistic manner than ever before. 

As a matter of fact, the conversation was smooth and realistic to the extent that Cortana even used human-like phrases such as “umm”.

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella ensures users that the company wants to eliminate command based interactions to allow smart conversations. 

Microsoft believes there is a room for improvement

Microsoft highlights the weaknesses of existing digital assistants in the following manner:

They can check the weather, traffic and sports scores. They can play music, translate words and send text messages. They can even do math, tell jokes and read stories. But, when it comes to conversations that lead somewhere grander, the wheels fall off.

The tech giant thinks that there is still a large room for improvement in this spectrum. Microsoft is undoubtedly aiming high for its digital assistant and it can turn out to be a revolutionary change for the company.

Microsoft wants Cortana to be your digital partner who seamlessly manages everything in your life from official meetings to ordering a gift for your friend.

This announcement clearly shows Microsoft’s vision for the future of its digital assistant. It remains to be seen if Microsoft manages to replicate in real live what it demonstrated in the video.

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