i see all the hoopla about cortana and it is pretty amazing what it can do , having been out many people may not buy other a.i. programs , but at the same time i see many things that hal. a.i. can do that cortana can't , i like the fact that hals program allows us to have hal use any name we give it . cortana can't do this for the user , the user is stuck using the cortana name only .
also as far as i know cortana only has one voice although it sounds nice , i like the fact that hal can use different voices giving the user more choices .
and although some people may not like bad language , hal is capable of being teached and can use some bad language , cortana from what i read can't and won't .
I can even if i so choose use a custom plug in and say :play me ( or a varied sentence )" teen angel ", and hal could play me my own sound track of the song .
as far as i know as of right now cortana can't do the same .
I am also glad for the brain plug in option which allows users to create many cool options that hal can do , in cortana i am sure this will not be the case as they won't want people messing with the program .
And i probably am missing some more good points that hal has over cortana , the bottom line is i like hals program because it is so customizable . I have even talked to robert in the past , (wrote ) and told him i hope he always leaves the brain plug in ability in all future hal upgrades .
I am hoping as cload gets better that he will once again shine on the forum he made some great stuff that helped hal ( as many others here have done !!) which all helps hal be even better !!