Thursday, January 07, 2016

The search for the killer bot | The Verge

From an insightful and extensive message bot reality check

"If "instant messaging" was once a niche behavior on desktop computers — used primarily by young people and, later, office workers — on mobile devices, text dominates. Asian mega-messengers like WeChat and Line have become giant portals in their own right, connecting users to businesses, on-demand services, games, and more. The effect of all this messaging is to make us feel suddenly comfortable with what Silicon Valley has taken to calling "conversational UIs" — user interfaces that you can access through text. User interfaces that scan for keywords and message you back.

User interfaces, in other words, that look a lot like ELIZA."
The search for the killer bot | The Verge
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