Announced during Facebook’s live F8 Developer conference, the social media giant introduces a new send/receive API to their new Messenger platform. This update facilitates the use of bots for servicing structured information to aid in activities such as hotel reservations, availability checks and price quotations. This comes as no great surprise, Facebook along with other large companies have invested a lot of time and money into general AI and we have seen a huge progressions in how this technology is presented.
The Rise of Chat Bots
Just recently we saw the catastrophe that was Microsoft’s Tay.ai, a machine learning application set to ‘learn’ and ‘develop’ language skills based on information provided by the general public. It was just one of many demonstrations in store from enthusiastic organisations on a quest to conquer the AI space.
For decades, technologies have been developed to make steps towards lifelike artificial conversations, all the way back to a push on synthetic voice generators and text-to-speech we have seen developments and efforts to make AI talk more natural and engaging. Now that we have new ways of handling data on a scale that was inconceivable just 15 years ago, firms with the knowledge and expertise to fully understand how to manage this data are driving forward innovation in the AI space.
Zuckerberg announced during the conference that Facebook’s 10 Year Roadmap is to ‘build the technology to give anyone the power to share anything they want with anyone else’. Like Google, Facebook is set to offer developments in the realms of connectivity, with ideas such as Drone delivered internet services.
Facebook claims that over 900 Million people now use the Messenger app, with more than 50 Million Businesses. During Facebook’s F8 event, they mention that some large companies have already integrated the new API to provide natural language interface for getting the latest news. CNN have an example of Facebook’s messenger bot on their website which is available to try out right now.
Sources:  https://www.fbf8.com/