Bill Gates Working on a New Personal Agent Who’ll Remember Everything
Last year, Bill Gates stated that he will give more time to Microsoft. He hasn’t been actively working with the company since he gave up his chairmanship. However, he is the company’s Technology Advisor and is currently working on a pretty mysterious project.
On January 28, Bill Gates himself held a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, where he revealed that his current project for Microsoft is something called a “Personal Agent.”
While he didn’t reveal what it was exactly, he stated the following:
One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to. The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model – the agent will help solve this. It will work across all your devices.
Just recently, Microsoft revealed Windows 10 in detail and along with it came the AI companion named Cortana. Xbox fans will remember her from the popular Halo games. Cortana can be used for reminders, location and mapping, calling people, checking whether etc.
From the above statement of the iconic Gates, it seems he is working on a replacement for Cortana. Or a more refined version of a similar companion.
His take on the current model is also correct. It is not efficient and is really basic, major advancements are required which could take a while. It’s possible we won’t hear more of Personal Agent for a few more years.
In the same AMA session, Gate was asked where does he see personal computing technology in the next 30 years? He replied:
There will be more progress in the next 30 years than ever. Even in the next 10 problems like vision and speech understanding and translation will be very good. Mechanical robot tasks like picking fruit or moving a hospital patient will be solved. Once computers/robots get to a level of capability where seeing and moving is easy for them then they will be used very extensively.
Additionally, Gates praised the work Microsoft has put in to HoloLens.
I would love to know what you think about Personal Agent, so feel free to speculate in the comments section.