More and more chatbots are being developed and there are good reasons for it. Not all chatbot projects succeed. Often, missing user acceptance is stated. The dialog system might not have hit the nerve, might not have fitted into the target environment. Would you talk with a friend who does not remember your name is repeating the same five phrases over and over again? I would not. So what can be done to make chatbots more lively, more human-like? Here are some best practices and ideas on how to implement them.
Recently, I was a coach at a hackathon in Germany. Students were tasked to build solutions for a given topic and the solution had to include a chatbot based on the IBM Watson Conversation service. It was impressive how broad the solutions were, what other services were integrated with a chatbot and how easy it was to build a solution using IBM Bluemix. Here are some lesson learned and resources to get you started with your own chatbot
IBM is launching their first ever pop-up shop in London’s Silicon roundabout on 6-10th June. This latest creative venture from IBM, following their very popular Cognitive Studio at SXSW 2016, is nothing to do with their ‘hardware business’ and all to do with bringing their Platform as a Service offering, Bluemix, to the forefront.
hack.summit was a virtual event spanning Feb. 22nd – 24th 2016 featuring programming language creators, open-source contributors and thought leaders. As part of my talk, I built a demo to showcase the ideas I was discussing with Microservices. My hack.summit “mood ring” demo, built on IBM Bluemix, used Docker containers and services to display a real-time dashboard of the “tone” of the summit based on the Twitter hashtag #hacksummit.
This past weekend I was mentoring at a hackathon in Prague focused on the Internet of Things. The project of the winners used an older version of a robot called RoboMe that was controlled via the microphone jack through a mobile phone. Even using an old model, the team managed to integrate Watson Text To Speech, Speech To Text and Dialog service together into a working product using IBM Bluemix Cloud and Watson capabilities in just three days!
Don’t understand a thing about football, and want to cheer (correctly) with the crowd? No problem! Finally an app for newbies is on the horizon called Nubee. Winning the recent Girls in Tech’s Super Football App Challenge presented by ESPNw, the creators utilized IBM Watson to power a slick iOS app. Nubee helps you understand what is going on in a football game, so you never are left out of the game again.