Chatbots

Facebook M is now becoming a digital butler

Facebook just moved even closer to the center of your digital ecosystem with the roll-out of a smarter, more connected version of its proprietary AI assistant, M.<p>Speaking at this week’s Facebook F8 conference, the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and head of Messenger, David Marcus, …

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Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley

When virtual assistants almost pass as human, they only seem more robotic.<p>When a robot almost looks human—almost, but not quite—it often comes across as jarringly fake instead of familiar. Robots that are clearly artificial, like WALL-E or R2-D2, don’t have this problem. But androids like this one …

Dystopia

The Best Advice For Building Chatbots? Don’t Force People To Use A Chatbot

A panel of experts gathered at Facebook’s F8 conference this week to talk about the benefits–and limitations–of chatbots.<p>At Facebook’s annual F8 conference this week, experts convened a panel to discuss best practices for designing chatbots. The key takeaway? Don’t force people to use …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's messaging mess is about money, not making your life easier (opinion)

Article Contents<p>1 Explainer: business case<br>• 2 The falling tower of Babel<br>• 3 Money in the messenger<br>• 4 Say ‘ello to Allo<br>• 5 I’ve got 160 characters but "$" …

Google

Genius Bot: Chat with 'Einstein' Via Facebook Messenger

On April 25, National Geographic Channel will launch its first scripted television show, "Genius," about the life of Albert Einstein. But before that …

Artificial Intelligence

Announcing the AWS Chatbot Challenge – Create Conversational, Intelligent Chatbots using Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda | AWS Blog

If you have been checking out the launches and announcements from the AWS 2017 San Francisco Summit, you may be aware that the Amazon Lex service is …

Artificial Intelligence

Who Knew Chat Widgets Were So Complicated?

Messaging comes in different shapes and sizes.<p>We all know this in an abstract way, but a recent experience showed me just how much it is the case.<p>In …

Artificial Intelligence

What brands can learn from Facebook’s gamble on AI, VR and mind-reading

When day one of Facebook’s much-hyped F8 conference came to a close, we were left a little shellshocked. Traditionally these conferences will …

Artificial Intelligence

Instagram "Pods" Are the New Bots

Ever since Instagram moved its feed from a straightforward chronological posting scheme to an algorithmically sorted, Facebook-style presentation, …

Instagram

10 Best Chatbot Platforms to Use in 2017

Ever since Facebook Messenger allowed bot development on its platform in April 2016, the use of chatbots in marketing has exploded. From simple chatbots that answer yes or no questions to hyper-intelligent bots that communicate naturally, the number of options for platforms on which to build your …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Chatbots Are the Future of Big Data

Almost exactly a year ago, Facebook launched the Messenger Platform, allowing developers to create their own chatbots. For many people that was the …

Artificial Intelligence

Bots for Messenger Are the Marketplace 'Goldilocks,' and This Man Would Know.

For the billion (and counting) users of Messenger, interacting with a chatbot will likely be the easiest way to shop.<p>Though his title may be a mouthful, The Global Director of Platforms and Product Partnerships for Messenger at Facebook has a singular vision: to make technology that levels the …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Weekly: Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.0 and open-sources Caffe2 deep learning framework

<i>Here’s this week’s newsletter:</i><p>Discovery is the number one issue bot makers told Facebook Messenger they wanted addressed, said Messenger engineering manager Mikhail Larionov. That’s certainly what VentureBeat has heard from bot developers, and now — a year after the launch of the Messenger Platform …

Artificial Intelligence

IKY

An AI Chatbot framework built in Python<p>Building a chatbot can sound daunting, but it’s totally doable. IKY is an AI powered conversational dialog …

Artificial Intelligence

Build Your First Smart Bot For Google Home – Ido Green – Medium

Build Your First Assistant App For Google Home<p>In the past few months, I heard someone smart saying that “the future is artificial intelligence first”.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon Lex, managed AI services behind Alexa, now open to all AWS customers

On Wednesday, Amazon Web Services announced that it was opening up its AI system Amazon Lex to all customers. Here's what you need to know.<p>Developers …

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, opens up to developers

Amazon Lex, the technology powering Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, has exited preview, according to a report from Reuters this morning. The system, which involves natural language understanding technology combined with automatic speech recognition, was first introduced in November, at Amazon’s …

Automation

Chefs+Tech: New Updates Make Facebook Messenger a Sweet Spot for Restaurants

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> In September we announced that Skift was expanding into food and drink with the addition of the Chefs+Tech weekly newsletter.<p>We see …

Restaurants

Subway have launched their own delivery service through Facebook messenger

<b>Subway have launched their own Facebook messenger bot which customers can use to order subs and salads.</b><p>KFC has just been added to Just Eat so you …

Facebook Messenger

Instagram 'follower bot' service Instagress 'forced to close' by platform

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Blue Jackets | Chat with Aaron Portzline

The next chat will be Thursday, April 20 at 1 p.m. ET.<p>Stay up to date on all the latest Columbus Blue Jackets news information with our weekly chats …

Collaboration

You can now buy the brains behind Amazon’s Alexa

The deep neural networks that power Amazon’s popular voice assistant are up for sale.<p>Developers will now be able to build their own virtual personal assistants for platforms like Facebook Messenger and Slack with a tool called Amazon Lex, the company announced at its Amazon Web Services Summit …

Automation

F8 2017 Recap: 10 Major Announcements Every Marketer Should Know

We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform.<p>— Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook F8 conference 2017<p>Facebook’s F8 conference was once again …

Facebook

What’s It Like To Build & Run A Chatbot Business?

We Asked Bot Publishers Themselves<p>People use messaging apps more than social networks these days. Messaging is also the preferred method of …

Automation

Amazon Offers 'Lex' Chatbot Platform to Devs

Amazon Offers 'Lex' Chatbot Platform to Devs<p>Developers will be able to create their own chatbots using the same language processing that powers …

Automation

MasterCard Shopping Chatbots Now Taking Orders on Facebook Messenger

MasterCard added its digital wallet Masterpass to Facebook Messenger this week, enabling consumers to place online orders via the chat platform with just a few clicks. The rollout is still in the initial stages but the payment system is already available for some food merchants, including Subway, …

Artificial Intelligence

ChatBots For Pot

<i>What Chatbots Offer To A Budding Industry</i><p>200 million Americans have legal access to cannabis, but don’t know how to use it properly. As the case for …

Cannabis

Bank of America boosts digital banking segment

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Bank of America has continued to show a willingness to invest in technology, which has helped the firm boost its digital and mobile banking segment in Q1 2017.<p>Bank of America …

FinTech

Marvel Universe CHATBOT to Launch with SECRET EMPIRE

Credit: Marvel Comics<p><i>Press Release</i><p><b>Marvel Comics’ Chatbot Allows Fans to Converse with some of their Favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Become Part of</b> …

Superheroes

The Three Laws of Chatbotics

There has been much talk about robots ever since people imagined them. Historically the first robot was Tik-Tok, a wind-up doll in one of the less …

Artificial Intelligence