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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Microsoft's Cortana to receive deep-learning and object recognition technologies


Microsoft's Cortana has proven to be a great alternative to Google Now on Android and Siri on iOS, even though it is still in a beta (early release) state. Recently it has been revealed that Microsoft still has a lot planned for their digital virtual assistant.

Firstly, Microsoft plans to integrate a whole lot of academic data into Bing, as part of the "Microsoft Academic Search" project. Since Cortana is powered by Bing, she will receive the full benefits of having quick access to that data. The project's future holds the development of a community portal for academic workers, where any of the researchers can control how much of their personal data is visible. This is sure to bring a new level of collaboration in the science community, and we would love to see it play out as planned.

Secondly, Cortana is going to get much smarter, thanks to a new technology called Project Adam. This technology aims at dramatically improve object recognition and deep-learning in the AI, while using up 30 times less resources, compared to today's cutting-edge technologies in the field. Currently, Cortana is able to look at a dog and tell you its breed, but Microsoft's ambitions are aimed at even more complex functions, such as to get the nutrition information of the food you are eating and to diagnose a skin rash, among others, no doubt.






source - Microsoft | TechNet | NokiaPowerUser
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