Cortana’s coming to robots and smart devices via Windows 10 for the Internet of Things

  • Microsoft is bringing the features to Windows IoT Core that you’d need for a Cortana-powered speaker.
  • Windows IoT Core can sometimes lag a little behind Windows 10 PC releases so it’s not clear when the IoT version will roll out.
  • Microsoft hopes to see the first Cortana-powered IoT devices roll out in late 2017 around the back-to-school or holiday shopping seasons.
  • Microsoft doesn’t appear to have any interest in making its own smart speaker.
  • If Microsoft and its device partners hit that target we could see Cortana-powered devices show up as early as Computex 2017 next May.

Cortana is coming to your coffee maker courtesy of Windows IoT Core and the Windows 10 Creators Update.
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This Smart Radio Highlights The Key UX Challenge For Artificial Intelligence

This smart radio highlights the key UX challenge for artificial intelligence

  • The Emotional Radio shows the very first ways that AI might make its way into familiar objects whose capabilities can be rethought.
  • The Emotional Radio is a good example of the mime problem, wherein something “smart” simply mirrors us instead of becoming a true partner worth talking or interacting with.
  • By matching up the two data sets, the radio finds something to play.
  • The moods are then cross-referenced with Spotify’s data set about the emotional valence of all the music in its catalog.
  • When you come home, you hang up your clothes, look at your radio again.

Do you want music for your mood, or something that counters it? AI needs to figure that out.
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