Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Semantic Machines, a Berkeley, California-based startup which is developing conversational AI technology including a new Conversation Engine. Semantic Machines’ Conversation Engine is a revolutionary approach for modeling human discourse fluidly across speech and text. This engine extracts semantic intent from natural input (voice or text), and then spawns a self-updating learning framework for managing dialog state, context, salience, and end user goals. Microsoft claims that Semantic Machines’ work uses the power of machine learning to enable users to discover, access and interact with information and services in a much more natural way, and with significantly less effort.
Microsoft really beefing up their Cotona team but it still needs to gain market share. You can make the best AI if no one uses Cortona it’s pointless.