My current favorite is the virtual receptionist. We’ve got a 3D model of a receptionist that we’re going to be testing in Microsoft reception lobbies. The receptionist knows how to interact with you to arrange campus shuttle service, along with some other tasks. You talk to the model as if it were a person. It interacts with you, maintains eye gaze, and can deal with multiple people. It’s built using our Microsoft Robotics Studio technology as a new programming platform. It brings together machine learning, speech recognition, vision – in fact, a wide range of the technologies we’ve been working on in recent years. For the first time, you can see a future where our ability to interact with machines is becoming much more like our ability to interact with other people, said Craig Mundie, during his talks with PressPass about innovation at Microsoft.