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Bill Gates tells Reddit about his mysterious 'personal agent' project at Microsoft

Mark Hachman | Jan. 29, 2015
If it isn't Cortana, then what is it? The man who built Microsoft didn't elaborate, but he did have some cautionary words for the development of artificial intelligence over the next 30 years.

Why this matters: While it's certainly unclear what Gates is getting at with his discussion of personal agents, two things seem clear: One, your personal data still resides in various application silos that don't talk well to one another. And two, the data permissions those apps ask of you may one day be replaced by permissions one app asks of another. It's just that storing your entire life online may freak out more than a few people.


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