Microsoft’s chatbot Tay may have suffered a racist meltdown last week, but the company is not giving up on AI. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, Microsoft plans to unveil several prototype bots at its annual Build conference later today. These AI-powered programs will further Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s vision of “conversation as a platform,” with users able to interact with the bots using natural language, directing them to complete certain tasks.
Different bots will have different functions, reports Bloomberg. Some built into Skype will help users schedule deliveries and book holidays, while others will help the visually impaired by describing facial expressions and reading text from images. Microsoft also plans to rehabilitate Tay (although the chatbot seemed to suffer another minor breakdown this morning), and will also release bot templates to help developers create their own programs.