It's like peering into the future of mental health supports and services.It's genuinely exciting and amazing to see something like this in action.Today, you can make your very own chatbot that you can use in Facebook Messenger, for example – all without a pricey Computer Science degree or even much prior coding experience – and there are several sites that offer the ability to create rudimentary chatbots using simple drag-and-drop interfaces.At the heart of chatbot technology lies natural language processing or NLP, the same technology that forms the basis of the voice recognition systems used by virtual assistants such as Google Now, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana.Conversational agents are becoming much more common partly due to the fact that barriers to entry in creating chatbots (i.e.sophisticated programming knowledge and other highly specialized technical skills) are becoming increasingly unnecessary.Chatbots process the text presented to them by the user (a process known as “parsing”), before responding according to a complex series of algorithms that interprets and identifies what the user said, infers what they mean and/or want, and determine a series of appropriate responses based on this information.
Because the software's conversation is based on how people have answered George in the past, talking about himself seems to be problematic for him. 'I know you' George is one of several chatbots produced by the prize-winning linguistic artificial intelligence software developed by programmer Rollo Carpenter. He owes his conversational prowess to millions of online conversations that he has carried out with visitors to the website jabberwacky.com, and with Carpenter himself. Like the endearingly stiff robots we’ve seen in countless movies – tragic, pitiful machines tortured by their painfully restricted emotional range, futilely hoping to attain a greater degree of humanity – chatbots often sound human, but not quite. It’s the online equivalent of the “Uncanny Valley,” a mysterious region nestled somewhere between the natural and the synthetic that offers a disturbing glimpse at how humans are making machines that could eventually supplant humans, if only their designers could somehow make their robotic creations less nightmarish. Chatbots have become extraordinarily popular in recent years largely due to dramatic advancements in machine learning and other underlying technologies such as natural language processing.Today’s chatbots are smarter, more responsive, and more useful – and we’re likely to see even more of them in the coming years.