3/6/2018 Lecture Notes: Chat bots and conversational interfaces
March 6, 2018
- Review of last assignment
- Finds from slackchat
12:45-1:10: Chat bots: the context
- Tech Crunch bot
- Most major news providers are experimenting with bots. See a few stories about that.
- Conversational interfaces – KPBC
- See slides 114-131 in the 2016 KPBC’s Internet Trend report.
- KPCB predidts that by 2030, 50% of jobs we do today will be replaced by robots.
- Today’s chatbots are accurate 95% of the time. When speech recognition gets to 99%, we will all be using voice much more often than our thumbs to get information.
- Amazon Alexa Skills
- The Knight Center for Journalism even offered a MOOC on chat bots for journalism.
- Quartz has a Bots News Lab dedicated to making bots.
- They use Dexter, and it has an interface that lets you enable your chat bot for Alexa. It looks like there’s a good quickstart guide to create a bot. We will experiment with this on Thursday.
1:10-1:30: Let’s make a chat bot!
- Open your Facebook account and create a new Facebook page about anything.
- Go to Chatfuel.com and create an account.
- Demonstration of my chat bot, and how it’s set up on Chat Fuel.
1:30-1:50: Start working on your own chatbot
- Use ChatFuel, Dexter or another chat bot creator your find to make a bot that works with Facebook Messenger. Publish a blog post that has a link to the bot. Explain the purpose of the bot, what information problem it tries to solve, and what you learned in the process of creating it.
- Make it informative about a specific topic, or representative of an organization or person (make sure you have permission).