You may already know what a chatbot is. If you use Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant than you have experience with a chatbot.
What is a Chatbot?
They are software applications that mimic written or spoken human speech for the purpose of simulating a conversation with a real person. Many of them are an AI chatbot, meaning they use artificial intelligence to seem more human.
Businesses use them to save time and money by streamlining their services. The most common use of these bots are customer service. If you messaged a store’s customer service, you may have been speaking to a talking robot instead of a person.
They process the text given to them by the users, which is a process known as parsing, before responding. They respond according to a complex series of algorithms that interpret and identify what the user said, what they mean or want, and determine the right responses.
Today’s chatbots are smarter, more responsive, and more useful than they’ve been before. We will most likely see more of them in the future.
Top 10 Chatbots
There are different kind of chatbots that serve different purposes.
Siri is probably one of the most well-known chatbots. Although, anyone that has used Siri knows that she still needs to improve. She may misunderstand your request or ask you to repeat yourself a hundred times.
But talking to Siri, for the most part, feels smoother than other chatbots.
Alexa is Amazon’s virtual personal assistant system, similar to Siri. It can basically do anything that you ask of it. It’s considered a chatbot because it interacts with you and you can have conversations with it. As it develops more, hopefully, the conversations will feel more human.
Cleverbot is an online chatbot that anyone can talk to. It learns from people, so it learns some inappropriate things to say.
It has a couple of spinoffs including Eviebot, boibot, and one chatbot inspired by the YouTuber Pewdiepie.
Speaking of YouTubers, many of them have actually engaged with these chatbots. There are hundreds of videos of YouTubers talking to Cleverbot and its spinoffs.
This chatbot was developed by a Russian technology company called Endurance. It’s a companion chatbot for those with Alzheimer’s. It hopes to identify any deviations in conversations that may point to memory problems.
It’s cloud based so physicians and family members can review the communications logs taken from the bot to see any possible declines in brain functions.
There is nothing worse than being up all night and alone. This bot is designed to help insomniacs get through the night. Named Insomnobot 3000, it gives you someone to talk to so you feel less alone.
This chatbot wants to make medical diagnoses faster, easier, and more transparent for both doctors and patients. The more it interacts with humans, the more it learns.
While already having a growing range of medical questions, it also draws from medical research and peer-reviewed scientific papers.
This is great to use if you feel sick but don’t want to leave your house.
This chatbot is the winner of the Loebener prize three times, which is an annual competition in artificial intelligence, and rewards the most human like chatbots. It even beat Siri!
Mitsuku claims to be an eighteen-year-old girl who wants to be your friend. It can understand your mood depending on what words you use. It can chat about anything without you getting bored. She’ll even play games and do magic tricks at your request.
Ponco is a cat that will give you personalized weather alerts. If you download its app you’ll get more personal chats like horoscopes, mantras, and life hacks. It’s designed very colorful and fun, attracting a less serious, younger crowd.
9. NBC Politics Bot
This chatbot helps people find the news that they want to see. This is helpful in a world that is overflowing with news.
You talk with a conversational agent to pick out the news that you want to see. It’s a little basic with its interactions, but it’s a great way to sort through the news.
Trim is a tool to help with your finances. It scans your bills for recurring subscription charges and will ask users if they want to cancel a subscription. All you have to do is write back cancel subscription to whatever you have and you’re done.
It will also offer services to renegotiate your monthly bills, but it will take a cut from the money you saved.
You Will Always Have Someone to Talk to
With all these different kinds of chatbots and many more, you will always have someone to talk to when you are feeling lonely or need some help.