This is exactly how Ultron was born. Tony Stark made the fatal mistake of placing two AIs together, and one devoured the other. But fictional tales of Doomsday aside, Microsoft and Amazon are breaking the norms in the AI industry. Amazon today announced that Alexa and Cortana will work together on certain devices. The story was first reported by the New York Times.
So, users using Amazon’s Echo or other Alexa-powered devices will also have access to Cortana now. For those using Alexa, they can say “Alexa, open Cortana”, while Cortana users will say “Cortana, open Alexa”, to use either assistant. It’s not exactly clear how the assistants will work with various devices, but reports say Microsoft and Amazon have created skills for each other’s devices.
Furthermore, with access to Cortana, Alexa can indirectly be used to read your calendar and other apps. That’s because Microsoft has deeper integration between Cortana and its own apps So, Alexa users can simply ask the voice assistant to bring up the desired information.