Microsoft puts AI at centre of tech plans

Microsoft HoloLens Microsoft on Wednesday outlined plans to put an array of chatbots, intelligent agents and digital assistants at the centre of its future technology, as the spread of artificial intelligence transforms the way people interact with the digital world. The drive, designed to make it easier for people to talk to future generations of “intelligent” computers, follows an embarrassing miscue last week when a Microsoft software programme designed to mimic an adolescent girl spewed racist comments on Twitter. The rogue chatbot, called Tay, was mistakenly released briefly for a second time on Wednesday. More On this topic IN Technology Speaking at Microsoft’s annual developer conference in San Francisco later in the day, Satya Nadella, chief executive, said the company had adopted a set of principles to make sure its…


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