In the world of technology, business is business. For Microsoft, this means another acquisition. This interesting news came to us from Notebook Check in their article, “Microsoft continues its AI offensive by acquiring XOXCO.”

Earlier this year Microsoft acquired Semantic Machines, Bonsai, and Lobe. Now they have purchased XOXCO, a software product design and development studio that has been developing conversational artificial intelligence (AI).

Conversational AI systems are computers that people can interact with simply by having a conversation. In short, it is what allows us to talk to voice-driven technologies like Amazon Alexa and ask about the weather, order products online, and even call a cab, simply by using the language we already know.

With conversational AI, voice-enabled devices like Amazon Echo are starting to enable the sort of interactions we dreamed of while watching The Jetsons. Through a voice user interface (VUI), voice services like Alexa can communicate with people in ways that feel effortless, solve problems, and get smarter over time.

However, many believe that over time, conversational AI will probably leave a lot of humans without a job. For now, this field is still expanding.

Melody K. Smith

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