Tech giants such as Microsoft and Facebook are already using them, people have been pondering endlessly over their future prospects and many application developers have been eager to explore the possibilities of them taking over even the most case and context-centric operations.
Bots have been the subject of debates and one of those hot topics that took the tech realm by storm over the past few months…but what are these bots and what’s with all the fuss and buzz about them?
A “Bot” can be simply defined as a well-engineered slice of software that can simulate and perform digital operations that need human input. This doesn’t mean that they’re completely automated rather they are designed specifically to engage in context-dependent tasks. For example, “chatbots” are designed to engage users in communication, feedback etc.
In this article, CodeForce 360 explores the prospects of implementing bots for day-to-day tasks while presenting recent developments and future prospects.
PITTING BOTS AGAINST APPS
As of today, bots have been playing the role of second-fiddle to help mobile applications carry out operations. However, studies over the past few years have revealed that smartphone users barely use more than 25-30% of their downloaded apps, kindling debates on the existence of millions of apps across platforms while also asking questions about how cumbersome it can get to implement multiple applications on the go.
Why have one application to order food, another for streaming a mini-series and another for buying a bestseller novel online when you can have well-designed bots that can run these operations simultaneously? The question’s at its pesky best as professionals and tech gurus are musing over the idea of bots being used to carry out our day-to-day operations.
FACEBOOK MESSENGER PLATFORM & MICROSOFT’S CORTANA
Facebook has recently released its messenger platform which enables developers to design and implement bots within the platform. These bots could be used for relaying information from sign-up based services such as weather and traffic forecasts, news etc.
The whole idea of bots being implemented in the messenger platform is expected to show the scope of their use in business and presenting content which we rely on.
Microsoft has enabled developers to build bots that collaborate with Cortana on Skype. These bots could be used to carry out multiple tasks, such as ordering dinner, managing your schedule or making travel arrangements by interacting with chat bots at the designated travel agency.
With these bots, Microsoft aims at widening the scope of Artificial Intelligence-driven software that can make the use of services easier, indicating a future full of creative experimentation.
PAINFUL HURDLES, YET BRIGHT PROSPECTS:
It wasn’t unusual for the bold leap of using AI-driven bots to face snags and issues along the way. Microsoft had to suspend its bot-driven operations after the company’s chatbot turned errant, making developers and users contemplate over the hurdles that are sure to get in the way to an AI-driven future.
Several other chatbots have faced hurdles of their own, such as Twitter’s very own chatbot (trained to behave and chat like a girl) which was ended up being misused courtesy online pranksters, resulting in the chatbot behaving erroneously.
According to CodeForce 360, the implementation of bots to carry out scores of tasks and provide services, hassle-free, will increase in leaps and bounds despite these initial hurdles. The process of experimentation and fruitful implementation is sure to move steadily as necessity always paves the way for fresh tech to take centre stage.
While chatbots’ consistency is yet to be cemented, CodeForce 360 predicts garishly bright future prospects where bots could very well replace our primary means of accessing content and soliciting services across multiple sectors ranging from business to finance and even shopping.
The best from bots is yet to come!