Microsoft Research's latest project wants to help you be funnier in online chats

Microsoft Research has come up with a neat new web-based chat system titled "Cahoots". It's an interesting solution for those who require a helping hand in online chats to come up with witty responses and humorous images. The system from Microsoft will analyze text in your messages and suggest memes and reaction GIF images based on context to help make you appear as the next big thing in comedy.

Images are pulled from the likes of I Can Haz Cheeseburger, Microsoft's own Bing and, offering some real unique and sometimes hilarious experiences for the two parties involved. Unfortunately, we have no word as to whether or not Microsoft will release Cahoots to the public, but we'll be sure to alert you all should the tool become available.

Check out the PDF from Microsoft Research (linked below) for more details.

Source: Microsoft Research (opens in new tab) (PDF), via: Engadget

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  • Innovative.
  • New
  • Amazing
  • Unique
  • Cool
  • Awesome
  • :P
  • Nothing to say more - it works! In your case at least.
  • Jeej
  • Now you can be beautiful at last
  • Extravagant
  • Some pig.
  • Mark looking so funny XDXDXD
  • Pretty cool what they have done, Microsoft becomes innovative again
  • Microsoft is going to be the future again. Google has stopped innovating ever since Apple lost all their innovative minds [ Steve Jobbs]... And Microsoft change their business models... So there's nothing for them to copy from at the moment. Let's get then Microsoft
  • Sucks.
  • Aren't we already funny by using Windows Phone ? - humour
  • Awesome!
  • Cant they do something better ? Like how to improve multitasking in WP 10 or research about how to make skype better ?
  • Yes - why are the 100.000 people at microsoft not doing the multi tasking rather than all of doing some R&D
  • A distraction maybe. Lol!
  • WTF is this?        
  • Aren't there like tons more productive research projects they can be working on other than this?
  • This is practice for the robots.  Opression by our robot overlords is easier to swallow with a good joke.
  • I'm trying to think of something witty and humorous to say but I'm lost without Cahoots...
  • Fix Skype now!? Oxymoron I am...
  • Market share of Windows Phone is still a funny topic.
  • Is that Mark Ruffalo?
  • No, it's Patrick.
  • Microsoft's been on a really good run recently for clever inventions, sensible strategy and dependable leadership.  This is not one of those things. This is the polar opposite of "good". It is a clanger. This is the software equivalent of Steve Ballmer pacing across the stage whooping like an ape in a zoo. This tone-deaf nonsense needs to be killed off and forgotten as quickly as possible.
  • Okay fine. It's good. For passing time that's it.
  • Having a WP is funny enough to become a joke in group chat..
  • Maybe they can bring back tetra lock screen as well
  • Hey MSR, What about using some of the neurons to make a better Music app? Movie creator app? Photo app?
    You know, something that would make the ecosystem better.
  • I feel like Microsoft has better things to do than fart jokes. And that's what this is, right? It's not clever comedy it's just easy joke after easy joke. Microsoft tries too hard to be funny and just ends up wasting time.
  • We're in cahoots boys! Let's get out of here!
  • This sounds like the experiment with the 'what's my age' website, scanning thousands of peoples faces and now we get a phone app that will recognize us when we access our phones. Soon Cortana will start reading our texts messages, seeing what mood we're in and start telling us jokes or provide us with happier news. Include data from the InstaNote app (reported today from MS Garage), where we are tagging names to other people's voices and "Hey Cortana" interface will know who we're talking to, looking for them in our contacts. Of course, this data will be correlated with every other Cortana user's uploaded data and indexed in the cloud. Tie in data from the Microsoft Band, Cortana now knows when a good portion of people are sleeping. Non-Windows Phone users will start getting whispered to by Cortana using their bosses voice imprint "buy a windows phone, they're awesome".
  • still use faceswap app on windows phone just to laugh :D 
  • If you download windows 10 you are in trouble I downlaoded it and it has screwed my computer up and after four calls and 8 hours on the phone I have been put on hold hung up on and still have no fix and my computer was new before this disaster. They don't give a dam and continue to try and sucker more people into downloading it. The worst support I have ever experienced.
  • Thanks to Microsoft I am three quarter through a clean install on a one year old computer to get my windows 8.1 back from that windows 10 DISASTER.. I wouldn't waste any more time with their crappy so called support and had HP do the work. My next laptop will be Apple and Microsoft can stick their products where the sun don't shine. I have an Iphone 4s that will be a 6 this year and at least Apple knows what customer support is about.