We just got our first taste of how digital assistants will talk to each other.
At its Build 2018 developers conference, Microsoft showed how its AI assistant, Cortana, will interact with Amazon Alexa, assuming you use both. Since many use Alexa at home but Microsoft products at work, an integration would be a bridge between personal conveniences like ordering Ubers or playing music and task-oriented needs like calendars and business communication.
This is a major first step toward voice-controlled systems interacting with one another, with one filling in where the other comes short. Companies like Apple may allow their digital assistants to interact with specific services — ask Siri to show you the best-reviewed restaurant nearby and it will display a list with star ratings from Yelp and OpenTable — but this pairing appears to go deeper. Read more…
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Author: Pete Pachal
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