The new year isn’t even here upon us, but already big plans are in the pipe for chatbots in 2018. Check out how the landscape will change for businesses and users, as the chat market looks set to go increase the volume to loud.
Late breaking news for 2017 comes from Twitter updating its API to make chatbots a greater part of the tweeting equation for enterprises. It already offered some direct message features via DM cards for brand interactions to try and compete with Facebook’s Messenger, but from January 15, 2018, new elements will enable developers to create improved conversations.
By adding a more natural language feel to them for direct messages, it allows bots to take over the DM chat and for users to feel like they are part of a conversation. With the Twitter company being swamped by Facebook when it comes to interaction, this is a late, if much-needed move, and one that could help jog the chatbot landscape along.
With Amazon Echo devices flying off the company’s warehouse shelves this year and Google Home devices diversifying at a rate of knots, more people than ever will have a chatty little friend in their kitchen or living room in 2018.
It won’t take much of a leap to see the humble text-based chatbots converted to talking form, with the likes of Pullstring an early leader in vocal “customer success management.” But while this could be a guilty pleasure in the secret of customers’ own homes, it feels like a technology that will sit alongside, rather than replace chatbots, which can be used anywhere on any device.
When chatty bots do come about, they could play a great part in mixed reality, with chatbots providing a natural interface to support augmented or virtual reality experiences. A growing number of mobile bots will also be appearing in homes. People will expect to chat with the likes of Kuri and many more, plus elder care bots like ElliQ will need to offer companionship and interaction at new levels to fulfil their purpose.
Still more of a “sounds-cool” feature for the tick list in most chatbots than what end-users would expect AI to represent. 2018 will see slow and steady progress in how AI-class chatbots learn to respond and react to human interactions.
The failure of AI isn’t just a chatbot problem, Kaspersky has a long list of issues where the technology fails to deliver on the marketing promise. Still, expect incremental progress as the developers and experience teams start to work out how AI should be functioning.