Even the flawed Tay gets a mention.
At Build 2016s opening keynote, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, talked up "conversations as a platform," taking human language and applying it to all of the company's computing.
Nadella claims it can have an impact as profound as previous big shifts, like the Graphical User Interface, the web and touch.
"Infusing intelligence into computers, teach computers to learn human language and have conversational understanding … Context about your preferences, your personal knowledge"
There's little interaction that comes as naturally as just speaking, whatever it is that you're speaking to. The power will be in the response. Microsoft is claiming three core principles:
1: Augment human abilities and experiences 2: Trustworthy 3: Inclusive and respectful
The now infamous Tay Twitter AI bot got a mention, too, and how it was launched but didn't reach the mark that Microsoft was aiming for. That's probably an understatement, but the overall idea is clear having heard Nadella speak. He also noted that social bots in Asia seem to be fairing a little better, and that incubation of such intelligence is important.
So Tay probably isn't the last we've seen from Microsoft. We just hope it goes better next time.