The rapid advancement in “Artificial Intelligence” technology is making sure that the future, smart gadgets, and computing devices possess the ability of virtual conversing and assistance.
After, iOS ‘Siri’ and Google ‘Google Now’, now, it is Microsoft Cortana new in the series of the virtual assistants that got debuted with the Windows Phone 8.1.
It is named after the Halo video game series, character ‘Cortana’. Though it is unique in its style, design, and functionality, it has imbibed some of the best features of predecessors “Siri” and “Google Now’. It records the individual choices, interests, habits and renders assistance in the form of organizing daily activities, setting up reminders and conducting the web search.
The story of Cortana
It all began with the aim of the Microsoft to recreate a personal assistance as “Cortana” in the game Halo. As she is always there for the game’s Master Chief, it is always there to assists in the device enabled with this artificial intelligence feature.
To activate it, a voice command or text command can be used on the home screen.
Once activated it respond like a personal assistant, it gives the answer to the questions and performs the actions required. While doing so, it reflects a personality with a voice of actress Jen Taylor. It can reflect sixteen different emotions. Being a true personal assistant, it maintains a virtual ‘ Notebook’, where it keeps note of each and every information, related to personal habits and interests. But all is done with the permission. It always asks before storing the information and performing the action. This way the confidentially of sensitive data over the device remains intact and provides a personal space which other virtual assistants might not render as they dig too deep into the data that at times it is felt like encroaching upon the personal space.
Through this ‘Notebook’, it triggers actions based on the event. Upon search ‘the best restaurant
nearby’, one can simply ask to ‘call it’ or ‘give me direction’, based on previous part of the query noted in the notebook, it will respond by making the call or showing the directions using Bing-based intelligence-gathering skills.
Along with, artificially intelligent, it is also socially intelligent. It reflects notes or reminder related to the individual if any while texting or calling. It can connect to the Gmail account and shout out reminders of the meeting from the Google Calendar. Here, Cortana leverages most of its predecessor’s.
The Future of Cortana
Although the iOS and Google have taken the lead with their artificial intelligent functionality in Smartphones, it is Microsoft, Cortana that is ruling the Desktops. According to the records, 145 million users Cortana by default. The Microsoft is planning to develop it further and synchronize it with other in-home gadgets. The company plans to broaden its Cortana Skills Kit through Build Conference that will encourage developers to build it further to assist in other home gadgets. Recently, Microsoft has come up with Cortana featuring speakers Invoke. The speakers can control the in-home smart devices, set reminders, connect over Skype and perform all other operations that Cortana can.