Microsoft’s AI chatbot will ‘recall’ everything you do on a PC

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Microsoft’s AI chatbot will ‘recall’ everything you do on a PC​


"REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft wants laptop users to get so comfortable with its artificial intelligence chatbot that it will remember everything you’re doing on your computer and help figure out what you want to do next.

The software giant on Monday revealed a new class of AI-imbued personal computers as it confronts heightened competition from Big Tech rivals in pitching generative AI technology that can compose documents, make images and serve as a lifelike personal assistant at work or home.

The announcements ahead of Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference centered on fusing its AI assistant, called Copilot, into the Windows operating system for PCs, where Microsoft already has the eyes of millions of consumers.

The new features will include Windows Recall, giving the AI assistant what Microsoft describes as “photographic memory” of a person’s virtual activity. Microsoft promises to protect users’ privacy by giving them the option to filter out what they don’t want tracked, and keeping the tracking on the device."

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Us guys that use Chrome have no worries! :2funny:

That new MS feature sounds like a good way for MS to get even more personal information from users than they get now. Just think of how much additional data can be sold to advertisers !
 
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I'm bet the option to filter out will be nice an convoluted too as usual.
 
"Hey Copilot, I saw a great porno vid five years ago, can you show it to me again?"
 
Us guys that use Chrome have no worries! :2funny:

That new MS feature sounds like a good way for MS to get even more personal information from users than they get now. Just think of how much additional data can be sold to advertisers !
Google is the one who sells your personal information to advertisers. When I was at MSFT, there was a strict policy to not harvest personal information to sell to advertisers. We all don't use google products, rather we ARE the products.

Still not sure I'd want a machine to know everything I've ever done...
 
Google is the one who sells your personal information to advertisers. When I was at MSFT, there was a strict policy to not harvest personal information to sell to advertisers. We all don't use google products, rather we ARE the products.

Still not sure I'd want a machine to know everything I've ever done...
If I recall correctly, when I first installed WIN 10 on my wife's computer, the default security (?) settings had a routine to delete scores of third parties that could access your personal data on the machine. The OP OUT was a long and tedious process. So while MS doesn't DIRECTLY sell your info, it makes it available by selling vendors a way to collect it via the install and use of the OS. AM I correct here (short memory on what I had to do)?
 
Google is the one who sells your personal information to advertisers. When I was at MSFT, there was a strict policy to not harvest personal information to sell to advertisers. We all don't use google products, rather we ARE the products.

Still not sure I'd want a machine to know everything I've ever done...
BTW, all YOUR and MY personal data has already been sold, scores of times.
 
The Law of Unintended Consequences is hiding in the corner for now, laughing and licking its chops. :)
 
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
Interesting tune by Paul Simon (The Boxer).
 

Microsoft’s AI chatbot will ‘recall’ everything you do on a PC​

as it confronts heightened competition from Big Tech rivals
This is the key phrase, I think. They mostly all do it.

But there are still some things we can control to an extent. For example, the Brave browser offers security as a high priority. Apple's Safari is also pretty good in this regard.

There is an extension called HTTPS Everywhere that works on most browsers and automatically forces connections to the secure mode. It's built into the Brave browser by default.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that offers nearly as good a search experience as Google but doesn't save anything you look for.

And on and on. Ever since the Web was invented there have been bad guys and also tools to thwart them. We have to watch out for ourselves.
 
Apparently the data is stored and will remain local to your computer and you can opt out of all collection. This of course does not actually mean that this is a good idea or will not be abused. I'm also unsure how they will not process the information in the cloud if they want to run it through their LLM to understand the context of the question being asked. Perhaps they process the request in the cloud and then process the data set local on your PC. My group is still understanding the announcement and speaking with our MS reps. If I learn anything more from Microsoft I will post it here.
 
If the OS is spying on you it doesn't matter what tool you are using, everything done is collected and analyzed.
 
Even with total recall, knowing what the user "means" will be tough to perfect and debug because each user is different. It's the user that bears the brunt of the risk.

Recall Copilot: I put it all on Lucky Dan -- half a million dollars to win.

Windows User: To win? I said place! "Place it on Lucky D-" That horse is gonna run second!
 
Terrible idea. And zero chance that it stays local. It will take about five minutes for them to decide they need to sync the info between devices which means they will move it to the cloud.
 
But will it know what I just thought of that I want to search but forgot because I was reading something else?
And where'd I put my car keys?
 
DH just read that PCs don’t have the processing power to run this software.

My 9 year old notebook was limping so badly that I bought a new one just a month ago! I love it, but it would have been nice to know about this announcement earlier. I had read about the Nvidia ARM chips, but didn't think they'd be at the forefront so soon. Knowing Microsoft from my working days, this is just the marketing announcement - it will take a few releases before they realize their goals.

In any case, my new notebook will meet my needs for a few years to come - Browser, LR, PS, Quicken & Turbotax.
 
Apparently the data is stored and will remain local to your computer and you can opt out of all collection. This of course does not actually mean that this is a good idea or will not be abused.

Terrible idea. And zero chance that it stays local.
Lots of hand-wringing here on the forums (as per usual)

Look, here's how you need to think of this.
1. Who are MS biggest clients? Answer, megacorps.
2. What would megacorps do if they thought MS was hoovering up all of their users' daily actions into the cloud, including screenshots? Answer, they would SUE THE F*CK out of them.
3. Conclusion? The data will *always and forever* be local only. Anything else would be a disastrous risk to MS' business model.

That is all...
 
Terrible idea. And zero chance that it stays local. It will take about five minutes for them to decide they need to sync the info between devices which means they will move it to the cloud.
For certain, and just another way to track people even more. Hopefully there will be ways to disable. We know we can't trust these big companies with our data.
 
Once an AI has learned something, how does one delete that information? From what I have read, the answer is not clear in part because we don't have a good understanding of how AI stores information.
 
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