Microsoft’s AI Elevator Knows Where Its Riders Want To Go

A learning algorithm can pick up on your personal habits and use it to predict your next move.

Exploring the possibilities of artificial intelligence in everyday office utilities, Microsoft Research has introduced a smart elevator that knows where people want to go even before they do. Instead of being operated manually, this elevator uses sensors to carefully “watch” what people are doing and then uses that data to predict destinations.

Unlike AI interfaces that depend on facial recognition software or prior programming, the smart elevator is nothing more than a learning algorithm that studies behavior. Before the elevator’s cunning abilities were made public, the developers pre-installed it three months prior in order to learn how people behaved and better understand their intentions on a daily basis.

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Peter Lee, Head of Microsoft Research, explain:

If your environment knows, for example, that it’s lunch time, that you had spoken yesterday about having lunch with a colleague on the second floor, and that it notices that you seem to be now leaving your office to go to the elevator, the elevator can be smart enough to take you, without your need to operate anything, to your colleague.

You can check the amazing demonstration below.

Microsoft Research

Source: io9, thenextweb

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