Microsoft Research releases "Asky" onto Twitter - promises to love humanity

Microsoft Asky

A new bot has made its way onto Twitter and this time, it’s created by Microsoft. A new project from the Redmond company’s Research FUSE Labs, dubbed “Asky”, is described as a “project about understanding people’s motivations and satisfactions when they ask questions using Twitter hashtags”.

Beyond the above, we know nothing more about the secret little bot. Does it plan to really learn about Twitter interactions or is world domination in its future?

A single tweet marked the start as the project and tells us nothing more than the bot “loves” us and hopes “not to bother”.

Any guesses on what Microsoft is up to? The Xbox Support Twitter account is already the leading account for customer support and satisfaction – is this just a tool to help improve their own customer service?

We have reached out to Microsoft Research and hope to update you with more information about the project in the near future.

Source: Twitter, Microsoft Research



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NAMISH says:

Congratulations! Go celebrate now...

schlubadub says:

He can't - his mother won't let him stay up past 7:30

nanoware says:

Asky, do you have a love affair with Siri????

cruelvaldez says:


Beshoy Hanna says:

LOL. using a bot for customer service. See how well that worked for Bank of America.

Xpider_MX says:

Is this used for customer service? are you sure?

Beshoy Hanna says:

They are obviously looking into it, hence the project.
 EDIT: Yes, Bank of America uses a Bot for Customer Service.

Xpider_MX says:

I don't mean Bank of America.

NIST says:

Should have been the return of "Clippy"

zikifer says:

Clippy is already on Twitter: @theClippy

NIST says:

Shut the hell up! Really? I miss that little guy.

Rico says:

Asky... ASCII. I like it.

cjallan417 says:

I wanted to reply to you by taking an image of Ballmer with his tongue out and turning it into ASCII art, but it's not coming out well. I have failed you.  :-(

qhendricks says:

Countdown to inappropriate questions for Asky in 3, 2, 1....

mlcooper54 says:

I see trademark issues already. I did a Bing search on asky:
ASKY Airlines, ASKY.com, ASKY.net.....
Maybe MS was thinking of Clippy from the early Office days. But, doesn't anyone at MS think about doing an Internet search before coming up with a name??
We're losing SkyDrive. We lost Metro.
I've lived Microsoft (not a fanboy though) since I purchased a Microsoft SoftCard (Z-80, CP/M) card for my Apple II+ in the early eighties. Now have Surface Pro 128, Lumia 822, MS keyboards and mice.

ymcpa says:

This isn't a product yet. It's just a name for a bot for a research project. I don't see any lawsuits in the future unless they decide to make this into a product and market it.

ade333 says:

Ask.com will be all over this

Josh Harman says:

Probably a monitoring bot to address international governments request for twitter users info.

Lol im gona spam / troll asky with msges :D

sumton says:

maybe we will see asky on windowsphone after some learning curve

Ankmeyester says:

skynet is coming :D

Schikitar says:

Nah, skynet will get sued before it takes off! ;D

AskaLangly says:

Ask _ _ _ _ _ _ y. Would you like to buy a vowel? LOL

Jazmac says:

It seems clippet has a new identity.

1st thing came to mind when i seen this was a word used in reboot

Duffau says:

I think it will be used to dig through hashtags on twitter and find out what people are asking and saying for MS's immense knowledge database. I read an article about them building the database for a few years, something to do with their next release of a voice command personal assistant that's actually helpful. Started with an S, can't remember now.

ScytheNoire says:

Account Suspended. Appears that Microsoft violated Twitters Terms of Service. Should've read the fine print.