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微软收购AI创企Semantic Machines

近日,微软公司宣布收购加州AI创企Semantic Machines,并希望借此提高Cortana语音助理的工作效果。

对于微软来说,这是一个巨大的胜利,因为Semantic Machines团队中不乏人工智能领域的关键性人才,比如其成员开发了支持Google Now的核心系统,其首席技术官是苹果Siri的前任首席语音科学家,而其他人则来自语音识别重量级平台Nuance Communications。

最近一段时间以来,会话式AI产品表现最好的应该就是Google Duplex。该产品能代表你打电话给你做一些事情,比如安排沙龙预约,与人交谈,让电话另外一边的人以为自己就是在跟真人进行对话。

虽然谷歌在这个领域明显领先于竞争对手,但亚马逊的Alexa也正在积极发展服务、硬件和第三方程序合作,希望能够迎头赶上。与此同时,苹果的Siri、三星的Bixby和微软的Cortana则已经落后,与业内最好的产品相比,这三家企业的产品功能和兼容性有限。

 

Microsoft has agreed to acquire Semantic Machines, a Berkeley, California-based startup that develops conversational AI – systems that help bots speak to humans naturally – in a bid to improve its Cortana voice assistant.

That’s a big win for Microsoft, because Semantic Machines’ team includes some serious talent in this space: its members have worked on the core systems that powered Google Now; its CTO is the former Chief Speech Scientist for Siri at Apple, while others came on board from speech recognition heavyweight Nuance Communications.

The move comes at a time when conversational AI’s relevance is steadily growing: chatbots, smart speakers, and intelligent mobile assistants all stand to benefit from smarts that could enable them to do more than just execute one-off commands from users.

With the tech that Semantic Machines is building, Cortana could get better at asking and answering follow-up questions, remembering information you’ve shared earlier, building context by rifling through your profile, and carrying out several functions in sequence after receiving detailed instructions from a human.

Perhaps the best (and eeriest) example of what conversational AI could make possible in recent times is Google Duplex, which lets the company’s Assistant make a phone call on your behalf to do things like a book a restaurant table or schedule a salon appointment, by speaking with a human and practically deceiving them into believing they’re talking to a person on the other end.

While Google is clearly leading the race in this space, Amazon’s Alexa is also building its library of Skills to work with a wide range of third-party apps, services, and hardware. Meanwhile, Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s Bixby, and Microsoft’s Cortana are trailing behind, with limited capabilities and compatibility in comparison to the best in the business.

It’ll be interesting to see if Semantic Machines can help Microsoft improve Cortana so it’s more widely usable on Windows devices, as well as smart speakers (the company is said to be designing one that could either be sold to consumers as a Microsoft product or serve as a reference model for third-party hardware makers), and phones.


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