Strap on chat bot

A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with.Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me — and I’m old), but there’s real utility in Ticketmaster’s bot if you’re willing to give up a certain amount of privacy.

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9, Bismarck recorded a low temperature of 15 below zero, the third day in a row of sub-zero readings.

At that time, I don’t think anyone could have predicted North Dakota would have snow geese within its borders just over a week later when the spring light goose conservation season started on Feb. At that point, it looked like another year in which the first light goose sighting would not occur until several weeks after the technical opening date on the calendar.

Imagine a chatbot that communicated with you over chat that was indistinguishable from a human.

Would this be the best possible way of getting things done? You could ask it for example: “Buy flowers for my grandmother and have them delivered on Friday” It might ask you some relevant questions, such as how much do you want to spend and what kind of flowers do you want to order but you could very quickly get things done versus the alternative especially if it had access to default data such as her address and your payment information. It would involve logging onto a website, selecting the flowers and then entering all the relevant information manually.

Search data covers 83 countries, so the bot has you covered even if you’re on the road.

The company says the information is shareable, too, so if (unlike me) you have friends who care about you, you can gather a gaggle to take in a show.

It’s true that if software is able to enter into a conversation with you as though it was a human participant in the chat there is no doubt it would be classified as a chatbot. We are told that the holy grail, perhaps, of the chatbot industry (though technologically out of reach) is that a chatbot one day could be so good you couldn’t tell whether you were speaking to a human or a bot (and thereby passing the Turing Test).

Even though this objective is still out of reach it raises some interesting points.

It’ll also respond to requests about the schedule for specific artists…

so if there’s a band you want to see and don’t know whether they’ll be coming to your area, the message bot can tell you (so long as they’re playing at a Ticketmaster venue).

More than 30,000 chatbots have been created for Facebook Messenger, and 20,000 for Kik, with Skype, Telegram, We Chat and Line all getting into the bots game too. In fact, there are already quite a few music-related chatbots on the loose.