Microsoft hiring new Cortana developer to take down Apple's creepy Siri

A new post on Microsoft's website hints that Cortana is coming to Windows and the Xbox in the near future.

The company is on the lookout for a software development engineer to work on the project.

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"Do you want to be part of the team that is building the next generation of Cortana?" the entry reads. "We are looking for strong and motivated developers to help shape the Evolution of the next generation of Microsoft's Digital Assistant – Cortana!"

The company's digital assistant – much like Apple's Siri and Google Now in functionality – has generated excitement in tech circles but is currently only available to Windows Phone 8.1 Preview users. Even then, you have to be running your device in English (US).

"Being part of the Cortana team you will have the opportunity to push the frontier, redefine the personalization experience on Windows," the job description adds.

Microsoft ultimately wants to make Cortana a central part of the Windows experience on all devices, and this post seems to confirm that the company is getting a little closer to achieving its goal.

Earlier this month, celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking spoke out about artificial intelligence, saying that the continual development of advanced robotic systems - such as Cortana, Siri, Google Now and IBM's supercomputer Watson - could spell disaster for mankind.

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"The potential benefits are huge," wrote Hawking and a team of fellow scientists. "Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last."

ITProPortal's Tom Phelan stumbled across a creepy side of Siri quite recently. Asked if it has any children, Apple's virtual assistant replies, "Only biological entities have children... so far."