Blurring the lines between human & machine

faceIntroducing Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice)

Microsoft’s so-called ‘girlfriend’ chatbot woos Chinese users!

By simply adding her to a chat, people can have extended conversations with her. But XiaoIce is much more evolved than the chatbots you might remember.

XiaoIce is a sophisticated conversationalist with a distinct personality.  She can chime into a conversation with context-specific facts about things like celebrities, sports, or finance but she also has empathy and a sense of humor. Using sentiment analysis, she can adapt her phrasing and responses based on positive or negative cues from her human counterparts.  She can tell jokes, recite poetry, share ghost stories, relay song lyrics, pronounce winning lottery numbers and much more. Like a friend, she can carry on extended conversations that can reach hundreds of exchanges in length..

Read more from bing blogs, Digital Trends, the New York Times, and ZDNet.

 

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