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Do you remember Weizenbaum's Eliza? Structured dictionaries, keywords, distance. Real-Well those early days of chatbots are surely long gone and since we live in the 21st century now we can expect at least some webservice-based machine-learning half-sentient AI to be at our service. (Ok, I lied about the half-sentient AI part. That would be creepy, right?)
Introducing the Microsoft Bot Framework
Developers writing bots all face the same problems: bots require basic I/O; they must have language and dialog skills; they must be performant, responsive and scalable; and they must connect to users – ideally in any conversation experience and language the user chooses. Bot Framework provides resources to build, connect, manage and publish intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever its users are talking – from text/sms to Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Office 365 mail and other popular services.
hhpberlin and Microsoft have taken this idea one step further and combined the Bot Framework with LUIS and Computer Vision API to create an intelligent live-safer: the firebot.
This talk gives an insight into the development using the Bot Framework (with its ups and downs) and an oversight of Cognitive Services used for the firebot. It also covers common pitfalls and some funny stories in between.
Marc Plogas is Premier Field Engineer for Development at Microsoft. Before he joined Microsoft, he worked many years as freelance developer, covering topics and technologies such as ALM, .NET and Android.