To develop the Cortana digital assistant, the team interviewed human personal assistants.
These interviews inspired a number of unique features in Cortana, including the assistant's "notebook" feature.
On May 26, 2015, Microsoft announced that Cortana would also be available on other mobile platforms.
Cortana is currently available in English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese language editions, depending on the software platform and region in which it is used.
Russian Valery Spiridonov has volunteered to be the first person to have the operation (pictured right with Dr Canavero, centre, on Good Morning Britain)In an article for the Surgical Neurology International, Dr Canavero and his colleague in South Korea and China drew parallels to the infamous story of Frankenstein, where electricity is used to reanimate the fictional monster.
Dr Sergio Canavero (pictured) has revealed he and his colleagues will first conduct tests using fresh human corpses that they will 'reanimate' using electrical pulses to test if the spinal cord can be reconnected'I need people to help me everyday, even twice a day because I need someone to take me off my bed and put me in my wheelchair, so it makes my life pretty dependable on other people and if there will be a way to change this I believe it should be tried.' The Italian has been compared to the fictional gothic-horror character Dr Frankenstein and Arthur Caplan, the director of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Centre, has described Dr Canavero as 'nuts'.
They are stored in a very large database, which the avatars look through every time they need to say something, finding things where the context is most similar.
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