Microsoft’s AI bot Xiaoice is a celebrity in China and also makes phone calls

  • Now that it appears as though the Google Duplex demo last week was legitimate (necessary edits were made to protect the businesses involved), it turns out that Microsoft has its own AI bot that makes calls. Today in London, the software giant introduced Xiaoice (pronounced “SHAO-ICE”), which has been undergoing testing in China. In that country, Xiaoice (Chinese for ‘Little Bing’) is a quite popular, uh, personality with 500 million friends that communicate with it through 16 channels on Chinese messaging services including WeChat.

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at …

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