Microsoft CEO Nadella: ‘Bots are the new apps’

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, speaks at the keynote ceremony of the Microsoft Build Developers conference.(Photo: Theresa Chong, for USA TODAY) SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off the company’s Build developers conference with a vision of the future filled with chatbots, machine learning and artificial intelligence. “Bots are the new apps,” said Nadella during a nearly three-hour keynote here that sketched a vision for the way humans will interact with machines. “People-to-people conversations, people-to-digital assistants, people-to-bots and even digital assistants-to-bots. That’s the world you’re going to get to see in the years to come.” Onstage demos hammered home those ideas. One involved a smartphone conversation with Cortana about planning a trip to Ireland, which soon found Cortana bringing in a Westin Hotels chatbot that booked a room based on…


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