It’d be so nice to have someone takecare of your daily tasks like sending emails on your behalf, setup up reminders and occasionally make reservations at your favourite restaurant.
Yes, A personal assistant would surely be able to do all this stuff but it won’t be as accurate and efficient all the time.
How about building a personal assitant who’d take care of suggesting good restaurants, send emails on your behalf and chat on your behalf??
Yes, that is what a Chatbot could do for you. A Chatbot is nothing but a computer programme which will conduct conversations with you to get an idea about what kind of food you would like to have tonight.. whether to book a restaurant or to get it home delivered..
Technical Defination :
A chatbot is a service, powered by rules and sometimes artificial intelligence, that you interact with via a chat interface.
Not clear? Here is an example :
Assume Amazon has build a chatbot which they will in near future would interact with you whenever you get on their site by promptly asking you .. what’re you looking for..?? and you would simply tell it.
Instead, of browsing whole website you’ll have conversation with Amazon bot which will suggest you all kinds of shoes and compare them as you tell it.
Latest example of Chatbots is Google’s new messaging app Allo
Here is Facebook Showing Examples of Chat Bots
Watch this video from Facebook’s recent F8 conference (where they make their major announcements). At the 7:30 mark, David Marcus, the Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook, explains what it looks like to buy shoes in a Facebook Messenger bot.
That’s not the only thing Chatbots can be used for, It can be anything from managing your grocery orders, manage your personal finance or ask it to tell you when ever something interesting happens.
With bots possiblities are endless, You can create a bot for everything(I mean it). The opportunities are huge in this field.
According to latest survey, Its first time ever people are using messenger apps more than they are using social networks
So, logically, if you want to build a business online, you want to build where the people are. That place is now inside messenger apps.
This is why chatbots are such a big deal. It’s potentially a huge business opportunity for anyone willing to jump headfirst and build something people want.
Here are a ton of resources that can get your started.
Great services you can use to build your bot:
- wit.ai (bought by Facebook)
- howdy’s botkit (raised $1.5+ mil in funding)
- api.ai (raised $8.6+ mil in funding)
- Chatfuel (Ycombinator company)
- IBM’s Watson
- Dexter (owned by Betaworks)
- Botlist, an app store for bots.
- The Secret To Building Your Own Facebook Chat Bot In Less Than 15 Minutes by Jerry Wang
- Go Library for Facebook Messenger Bots by Harrison Shoebridge
- How To Build Bots For Facebook Messenger by Facebook
- Building Your Messenger Bot [Video] by Facebook
- Creating a Bot by Rob Ellis
That’s all for now!
I hope this blog would have created a huge amount of interest for you to deep dive into Artificial intelligence world. I’ll be soon writing a blog on how-to create a chatbot soon.