When we decided to create a chat bot, my first thought was to play around with conversational AI services in the cloud.I’ve worked with natural language processing before and it’s not something you want to build yourself when you’re looking to build a functional product.
Popular chat platforms like Kik, Telegram and (Facebook) Messenger now all have APIs to create rich chat experiences managed by bots.
The critically unloved 1999 film Bicentennial Man seems like an odd turning point in the evolution of chatbots, but for Robert Hoffer, Robin Williams’s performance as an intelligent robot was an inspiration.“I wanted to build that, you know?
” says Hoffer, a co-creator of the Smarter Child chatbot that lived atop early messaging programs such as AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger.
We can take it as a matter of fact that the movies ‘Her’ (2013) and ‘Ex Machina’ (2015) set the expectations of how a full-fledged AI romantic-oriented bot should converse… Futurist and AI thought leader Ray Kurzweil suggests that this level of conversational interaction is plausible by 2029.
Yet it might or might not be here sooner given that a Tinder bot based on Ex Machina’s main character AI seems to have been able to convince a few unassuming nerds at the SXSW’2015 event.