Some serious concern about nothing here.
Let's get a few things out of the way, many of which are already mentioned:
Microsoft =/= Google. Nor are they collaborating. Microsoft is spending millions of dollars building their own infrastucture to try to surpass
Google, they are not going to work with them on it.
Cortana = The AI from the massively successful Halo series. Built from a flash clone of the living brain of the woman who would create the SPARTAN
II's, the protagonists of the Halo franchise. Microsoft purchased Bungie and Halo's rights for the Xbox console way back, that they chose to use her
name for their new "micro AI" in Windows 10 is marketing, not a ploy to take over the world.
Spartan = Same as above. Clever marketing for the fans and to connote a sense of strength and masculinity to the product.
EDGE= Microsoft's own infrastructure, private to them and ultimately used for their own gains. Subject, in theory, to the terms and agreements you
sign when you upgrade or purchase Win 10 and many of their current products. Like anything read the user terms if you want to truly know what they
legally can do.
You can disable Cortana.
Okay so great - that's all fine and dandy assuming we trust Microsoft. Since most of us are paranoid to some degree or another I can see why you
would be concerned, and somewhat rightly so, that this is all some information grab.
Guess what? Too late for that. Most of you use Facebook. Or have in the past. You certainly use Google. Most of your data already belongs to
someone, be it corporations, NSA, private services, etc. Really isn't much more that Cortana is going to grab.
Cortana is the next iteration of good ol' Clippy. She's going to be adaptive and try to learn your needs, because Microsoft knows that going that
direction is their best offense they can take against Google. Why are they concerned? Because they are a business. That's it.
They're not trying to be a shadow government controlling you through Windows 10. They are trying to stay legitimate and profitable in the Google
dominated internet we operate in. Cortana will indeed learn your habits, but she isn't going to be able to take over your life or murder you in your
sleep. Cortana's self expanding capability is limited much by its programing, which isn't written in a way that could allow it (or her if you prefer)
the ever-expanding intelligence you're worried about.
Nor could your computer support it. Gamers and enterprise IT guys like myself, and honestly we tend to be one in the same, run pretty powerful rigs
at home. It's still not enough to support the kind of spontaneous AI growth that would be needed to become a worry like the concerns here. The vast
majority of Americans run around on multi-year-old computers that met their bare needs at the time of purchase - not exactly enough to support the AI
It's ultimately just going to be a handy tool. That's about it.
Now, will its potential success and the continuing improvement of technology at the home pave the way for future, grander, versions? Yeah, for sure.
And maybe someday they'll actually be a threat.
But right now your personal data, spending, browsing, and living habits are already being mined by Google and a dozen other companies, Microsoft is
honestly late to the game on that.
Also, and this is more of an open statement, quit making "the cloud" out to be some magical internet space where cyberbrains absorb the data of the
world to nefarious ends. They are just storage servers in temperature regulated datacenters. Telling people to use the Cloud just sounded a lot
neater and more marketable to the layman than saying "upload to that off-site server yo."
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