Building a Computer That Learns What You Want

PC 'assistant' could prioritize, even decide
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2007 6:26 AM CST
"It's really annoying," jokes one CALO associate of a computer's inability to reason minor details. "They're stupid."   (
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(Newser) – Wouldn't it be nice if your computer could figure out what you wanted it to do? That dream just might be approaching reality, thanks to a project called CALO that aims to teach computers to understand users' intentions, according to the MIT Technology Review. "If CALO succeeds, it'll be quite a revolution," says one researcher.

CALO, or "cognitive assistant that learns and organizes," is meant to learn about a user's work life and then intelligently filter information from meetings and other sources, interacting with people and even making decisions—for example, rescheduling a meeting if someone it knows is important can't attend. A simple version is in evaluation for military use.