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For Connell, Xiaoice points the way toward the next generation of search.
Web queries traditionally returned a page with 10 blue hyperlinked results; the perfect conversational bot will simply return the correct answer.
Xiaoice, which Microsoft introduced on the Chinese messaging app We Chat in 2014, can answer simple questions, just like Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana. The bot is programmed to be sensitive to emotions, and to remember your previous chats. It was later made available on the Chinese micro-blogging service Weibo, where it became one of the most popular celebrity accounts to follow.
Today the bot has been used by more than 40 million people, and the average conversation takes an impressive 26 turns between speaker and bot.
In the months that followed, companies big and small have accelerated their development efforts.
Facebook opened up a bot development platform of its own, running on its popular Messenger chat app.
Microsoft argues that it has the best "brain," built on nearly two decades of advancements in machine learning and natural language processing, for delivering a future powered by artificial intelligence.
It has a head start in building bots that resonate with users emotionally, thanks to an early experiment in China.
"I’m not going to go so far as to say we’ve found the killer bot — but we’ve found a bot that works in a new way that fulfills many of the promises of conversation," says Derrick Connell, head of search engineering at Bing. After it was available for three days, Xiaoice had been added to 1.5 million conversations on the Chinese mega-messenger app We Chat.Pronounced "SHAO-ICE," it’s a bot whose name is Chinese for "little Bing." That's Bing as in Microsoft's perennial also-ran search engine. The camera cut to an animated circle hovering in front of a virtual podium.The face transformed into an image of a microphone, and in a soft female voice, Xiaoice shared her forecast, even answering a question from the anchor.But you probably aren’t aware of it, because its success started in China.In January 2016, one of Microsoft's artificial intelligence creations appeared on the Chinese morning news show Dragon TV when the newscaster cut away to its weather forecaster, Xiaoice.