Before we get into the examples, though, let’s take a quick look at what chatbots really are and how they actually work.Chatbots – also known as “conversational agents” – are software applications that mimic written or spoken human speech for the purposes of simulating a conversation or interaction with a real person.england.uk/housing_advice/private_renting/what_is_a_tenancy_deposit Who is eligible to apply for council housing?england.uk/housing_advice/council_housing_association/who_is_eligible_to_apply_for_council_housing Use a use case card to think about who might need this article. We use these cards when thinking about who we’re designing for, and what they need.Press the ‘Share’ button and make sure you copy the link of your bot. Take their use case card, and imagine that you’re that person trying to do that action while you test the bot.Give them feedback on post it notes on what they could improve on with their bot. You’re now able to design and build your very own chatbot.Like the endearingly stiff robots we’ve seen in countless movies – tragic, pitiful machines tortured by their painfully restricted emotional range, futilely hoping to attain a greater degree of humanity – chatbots often sound human, but not quite. It’s the online equivalent of the “Uncanny Valley,” a mysterious region nestled somewhere between the natural and the synthetic that offers a disturbing glimpse at how humans are making machines that could eventually supplant humans, if only their designers could somehow make their robotic creations less nightmarish. Chatbots have become extraordinarily popular in recent years largely due to dramatic advancements in machine learning and other underlying technologies such as natural language processing.Today’s chatbots are smarter, more responsive, and more useful – and we’re likely to see even more of them in the coming years.
The London-based company Erotic Chatbots Ltd aims to provide chat characters having the personality of an entertaining, interesting and amorous partner, who remembers past conversations with their user, and learns more and more about their user as time goes on.
We’ll be using On Sequel, a free platform that allows people to create chat-bots that work on Facebook, Kik, Viber and Telegram.
Sign up for a free On Sequel account here: onsequel.com/create This activity works best in pairs.
This session aims to show you that creating chatbots can be done quickly and easily, and we’ll be testing your chatbots at the end of the session.
The idea isn’t to create a perfect chatbot, but to learn about how they can be used.