Persona Project - at Microsoft Research is developing the technologies required to produce conversational assistants --- lifelike animated characters that interact with a user in a natural spoken dialogue.
In February of 2013, I wrote a blog post about how to create a virtual agent / intelligent assistant for your business.
At the time, I presented my findings about two virtual agent technology companies that I’d researched: My Cber Twin and Chatbots4Both companies have gone through some changes since I tried them out over a year ago.Chatbots4u apparently offers hosting services for business-focused intelligent assistants, but the site’s primary goal seems to be to offer a free platform for the creation and hosting of recreational chatbots.As I noted last year, the Chatbots4u platform seems to be aimed at a younger, international crowd.Perhaps for that very reason, boys are more comfortable talking to animations of females on their mobile screens than asking a real girl out on a date.
Is there anything fundamentally wrong with all this?
My Cber Twin was acquired by IBM back in the spring of this year.
Chatbots4u is still up and running, but a quick look at their website has me wondering what direction they’re heading in.
Having two of them talk may result in: mild sexism, communism, and random interjections of trivia.
Join the web Turing Contest and vote for which chatterbot you think is truly the most intellectually advanced.
What if women were to design chatbots that gave pubescent boys real, sound advice on how to talk to girls?