Microsoft’s new apps may seem silly — but they’re part of a much bigger plan

Microsoft has a new app out. It’s called Mimicker and, at first glance, it looks silly: It’s an Android-only alarm clock that requires you perform tricks, such as smiling into the camera or pointing the phone at a random object around the house, to switch it off. Don’t expect it to dominate the app store charts. However, apps like Mimicker are part of a bigger plan by Microsoft to lure the best and the brightest into the company to work on a hot new trend: artificial intelligence. While the world sees a goofy alarm clock, anyone who works in artificial intelligence understands what the app really is: an example of how a computer can learn to understand the world around it. “Mimicker Alarm was built to showcase the power and…


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