Cortana Sets the new bar for AI (Artificial Intelligence) in personal assistant software.
Like Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, Cortana lets you communicate with your devices as if they were human. Like those two voice-driven interfaces, Cortana can understand what you’re saying and respond in a way that feels in some instances almost alive. The main difference of course is the ability to communicate across multiple os’s (computers) that Windows is starting to really bring in sync. Its windows phone, and microsoft surface tablet, are top sellers in certain niches and if the app libraries become stronger can become a much stronger contender again the iPhone and Android.
Once the upgrades on all these devices completes its cycle to the Windows 10 Eco System. You will truly see why microsoft has invested so heavily in cloud computing. Cortana will not only live on your desktop, but will feel as though she lives in the digital universe like in the Popular Halo Series where she is master chiefs right hand girl. When you make an appointment on your desktop, cortana will remind you on all of these devices. Ensuring a seamless interaction across all platforms.
At some point in our lives or our children’s lives, we will one day see a true AI that rivals the AI in the popular Halo games. Till then we are at the start of what could be genuinely an exciting future for AI. This brings to mind the Her The Movie . People may not admit it but there are millions of people dealing with depression on a daily bases and long for a system like this. AI that could relate to people and help millions through situations that are usually kept in the dark.
For many it may sound like a gimmick, but for the people that long for companionship or someone to just talk to. Cortana by Microsoft brings us that much closer to an assistant that one day in the future creates debates; is it really human? Can it pass the The turing test? If IBM can get close with Watson, then who knows what the future holds for Microsoft and Cortana.