Hot on the heels of Google announcing its new Assistant, a Microsoft job posting suggests that the Bing team is building its own bot to help users complete tasks. Microsoft appears to have pulled the ad, but ZDNet has the original text.
The Bing Concierge Bot will allegedly live on Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram, text messages and other chat apps.
The job posting suggested that the Concierge Bot "does what a human assistant would do: it runs errands on behalf of the user, by automatically completing tasks for the user." Microsoft provides an example of someone asking the AI to make a reservation at an Italian restaurant, with Concierge Bot learning how many people will attend and ultimately booking a table.
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Microsoft showed off several different bots at its Build developer conference in March, and one of those was the Cortana digital assistant performing some of these extended concierge functions. The job posting raises questions about just how far along Microsoft's bot program is and how big a role Cortana will have in it.
We tried a bunch of Microsoft's early bots, like CaptionBot, which identifies the subjects of photos, and the Bing News Bot, which searches for headlines that you may be interested in, and had mixed results. Hopefully Concierge bot is a tad more helpful.