Xiaoice herself is intended by Microsoft to be an AI that’s as personable and easy to talk to as a real live human – a softer, kinder alternative to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s own Cortana. To make that happen, the Xiaoice software reads social media and message boards all day to learn how people actually talk to each other.
It’s a big hit. Microsoft’s latest numbers place usage of Xiaoace at around 40 million users, with 25% of those users having said “I love you” to her at one point or another. It’s more than a little bit like that movie “Her.”
Nobody tell Cortana.