So, What’s a Chatbot??

So after reading Jan Rezab’s post and watching his Social Media Minute(great videos!) on Social Messaging Bots:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/social-messaging-bots-biggest-thing-since-facebook-jan-rezab?trk=prof-post

And watching Mark Zuckerberg discuss Facebook’s launch of the Messenger platform with chat bots:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36021889

I realized that I knew nothing about bots and it was time to see what they are about. So, here it goes.

A Chatbot is a chatter robot is a type of conversational agent, a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with one or more human users via auditory or textual methods.

Chatterbots(original name) were mere curiosities for amusement only, in the 1960’s. One of the earliest chatterbots was called ELIZA.

ELIZA’s key method of operation (copied by chatbot designers ever since) involves the recognition of cue words or phrases in the input, and the output of corresponding pre-prepared or pre-programmed responses which can move the conversation forward in an apparently meaningful way.

Now Facebook is taking it to a new level. Messenger’s Chatbots are promising to streamline interactions between customers and businesses through an automated process.

I decided to try creating a bot for myself. I Googled around and found that most of the bot building is a bit more complex than my capabilities, but, I did find a site that would allow me to make my own “baby bot” as an experiment.

Pandorabots allows you to create a chatbot, without any great knowledge of code, that lives in their playground(unless you pay a monthly fee, of course).

Here is my baby bot:

Go here and sign up for free:

https://playground.pandorabots.com/en/

Once you are signed up you can search my chatbot: mcatshare and talk to my bot. You can also build one of your own. If you are having any trouble, email me and I will walk you through.

I will put a tutorial on my share site: www.MCATshare.com

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