A chatbot is a program meant to mimic human responses and interact with people as a human would.Tay, a chatbot attached to an artificial intelligence developed by Microsoft’s Technology and Research team and Bing search engine team was not only designed to do just that, it learned about human conversation from the internet by interacting with people on Twitter.They are as old as chatrooms, including the bulletin board systems that dominated the internet before the invention and adoption of the web.The Smarter Child bot on AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger (now Windows Live Messenger) had 10 million active users and processed 1 billion messages per day.However, within 24 hours, Tay had endorsed Donald Trump, claimed Hitler was right and made a slew of misogynistic comments.Since then, Microsoft has disconnected Tay and deleted a number of her inappropriate tweets. A realistic conversational computer program has been a goal of artificial intelligence research since Alan Turing proposed his famous test in 1950.
Developers must rewrite their websites to work with these new messenger interfaces. These button-based “bots” are not Siri-like conversational virtual assistants. The downsides are many: Who said the bots must be intelligent? Dan Grover, who worked at We Chat, once wrote a very popular article advancing this point of view. For example, Facebook Messenger API doesn’t support even basic formatting. That said, the buttons-based alternative is not an alternative either. If you build a conversational assistant it will be crappy. ” Some people are even considering removing the text entry box from the bot framework (or at least hiding it by default). In its feature set it would hardly match Netscape 1.0.The framework was announced at the opening event of the Build 2016 developer conference, where Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella heralded bots as the next big platform to be tackled by tech companies.Tay, a Twitter chatbot designed to mimic the online behaviour of a teenage girl, was unveiled last week as a demonstration of what the company's new technology could do. (Thank you, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, for giving us HTML! Can you imagine a Wikipedia bot that cannot answer a specific question like “What is the capital of Brazil?