Build 2016: Microsoft proposes helper bot boom

Build 2016: Microsoft proposes helper bot boom By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 30 March 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Satya Nadella said Microsoft was hoping to “infuse” technology with intelligence Microsoft has unveiled a new system of bots that can represent businesses and interact with users via Skype.Social bots are automated programs that can chat to users in a humanlike way.As part of the Build developer conference, Microsoft also revealed updates to digital assistant Cortana, which can interact with bots on the user’s behalf.Cortana will now function across various devices and operating systems, like Android and iOS.The tech giant also announced a Skype app for its HoloLens headset. “We want to build intelligence that augments human abilities and experiences,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella told…

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