It's almost comical how many times I talk to a new entrepreneur who has a billion dollar idea. It's usually something like Uber for dogs or Twitter for millennials. Or it's a dating app that "really" works (don't most work? maybe, just not for them).
In reality, most ideas are not new, and most of the work is in the execution. Paul Graham said it best: "Actually startups take off because the founders make them take off. There may be a handful that just grew by themselves, but usually it takes some sort of push to get them going. A good metaphor would be the cranks that car engines had before they got electric starters. Once the engine was going, it would keep going, but there was a separate and laborious process to get it going."
Matt Chalawsky -- Are Chatbots and Conversational UI a paradigm shift in UX?
It's been over a year since Facebook announced it's Messenger bot initiative. As with most new technologies, there's a lot of excited at first, but eventually the technology will either prove to be a better user experience or not.
There's some evidence that Chatbots are gaining traction. This is actually surprising since most chatbots are still fairly unsophisticated and struggle to provide more than a scripted response.
Natural language processing (NLP) has been making huge gains in recent years. NLP allows chatbots to understand the intent of a statement. This is a very difficult problem given that the English language allows so many ways to say the same thing. Luckily for chatbot developers, there are a growing number of NLP tools (i.e. API.ai, Microsoft LUIS, IBM Watson) that solves the most daunting aspects of the problem.
Mobile is the key driver of chatbots today since the mobil…