Facebook's Rumored Chat Bots

MaddiRuhl - January 6, 2016 - 09:25 AM

Facebook's Rumored Chat Bots

New reports suggest that Facebook is developing chat bots to assist users with travel, purchases, and more.

Rumor has it that Facebook may be working on the next generation of intelligent chat bots to use in Messenger. Unlike simpler chat AIs, which have been used in the past to provide entertainment and company to users on the web, reports from TechCrunch suggest that the social networking giant may be working on something much bigger. According to TechCrunch, Facebook has quietly slipped a Chat SDK to developers to begin working on the new Messenger bots, which will reportedly feature functions such as assisting users with booking travel, making in-app purchases, ordering services, and more. Further speculations suggest that the new bots may encourage businesses to jump on-board with the new functions, and allow Facebook to promote and sell their services or products directly through chatting on Messenger.

There has been a lot of talk about different AI applications on the web, but when it comes to artificial intelligence, Messenger bots aren't the only thing that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has on his mind. For his 2016 New Year's resolution, Zuckerberg has decided to dive into coding his very own AI to run his home, likening it to Iron Man's home unit Jarvis. The extent of Facebook's reported chat bots' capacity is still not known, but in an interview with TechCrunch, Facebook Product Manager Seth Rosenberg hinted at something much bigger when he teased, "We're just getting people used to the idea that you can message more than just people on Messenger."

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