The Future of Work and Learning 2: Chatbots

Jane Hart, May 15, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Ah, chatbots. Everyone's favourite potential robot teacher. They've been around for a while - here's me interviewing one that ran for president in 2000. Today they're a lot more sophisticated and sometimes even passing the Turing test (here, here and here). But bots come in all shapes and sizes and as this article suggests are already pervasive. "There are already bots for property searchesgetting up to date news bots, as well as for booking hotels.... Esther created her own resume bot....  there is now talk of the “conversational office” (which Slack is spearheading) and how messaging bots will change workplace productivity over the next five years."

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