Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Expo on Google News
SYS-CON.TV

2008 West
DIAMOND SPONSOR:
Data Direct
SOA, WOA and Cloud Computing: The New Frontier for Data Services
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Red Hat
The Opening of Virtualization
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
User Environment Management – The Third Layer of the Desktop
Cordys
Cloud Computing for Business Agility
EMC
CMIS: A Multi-Vendor Proposal for a Service-Based Content Management Interoperability Standard
Freedom OSS
Practical SOA” Max Yankelevich
Intel
Architecting an Enterprise Service Router (ESR) – A Cost-Effective Way to Scale SOA Across the Enterprise
Sensedia
Return on Assests: Bringing Visibility to your SOA Strategy
Symantec
Managing Hybrid Endpoint Environments
VMWare
Game-Changing Technology for Enterprise Clouds and Applications
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts

2008 West
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Appcelerator
Get ‘Rich’ Quick: Rapid Prototyping for RIA with ZERO Server Code
Keynote Systems
Designing for and Managing Performance in the New Frontier of Rich Internet Applications
GOLD SPONSORS:
ICEsoft
How Can AJAX Improve Homeland Security?
Isomorphic
Beyond Widgets: What a RIA Platform Should Offer
Oracle
REAs: Rich Enterprise Applications
Click For 2008 Event Webcasts
To Bot, or Not to Bot | @ThingsExpo #AI #IoT #M2M #MachineLearning
Understanding Chat Bots

I developed a bot.  Last weekend I opened the website https://rundexter.com/bot and developed a bot, which I then integrated with Twilio for messaging.  I named it BeccaBot after our daughter.  Just to be clear, her name is Becca, not Bot. It was a bot designed purely to freak-out our daughter.  It was highly successful.  Here are some things I learned.

You tell the bot to look for specific words or even phrases and then act upon them in specified ways.  You can answer with text, or a website link, or an image, etc.  You can ask for a name, and program the bot to remember the name. For example:

User: Hello

Bot: Hi, what's your name?

User: Becca

Bot: Hello Becca!

Bot: I've been reading your Facebook page and see you were in Seattle recently with Claire.

That last part I added just to freak-out my daughter - a father's prerogative. The bot was not programmed to read her Facebook page, although it's possible if Facebook made that API and granted permission.

You can delay sending responses so the bot looks slow at typing - like a human.  You can lead the human by asking for choices:

Bot: Would you like to learn "more information", or "exit" now?

More sophisticated bots can integrate with all kinds of APIs so they can reference the weather at your location, traffic conditions, and even news headlines, etc.  Simply by referencing connected data and inserting it into conversations.

Bot: In what city and state do you reside?

User: Chicago, Illinois

Bot: I noticed it has been raining in Chicago this morning.  Perhaps that is the reason traffic was so bad.

Bot: Heh!  What about the Cubs victory last night!?

I learned you can create multiple topic trees like - Default Conversation, Problems/Complaints, Resources, Weather, Survey Questions, etc.  As you are developing a conversation between the user and the bot you can turn down various topic trees, and then return to the main script.

More advanced bots can access sophisticated algorithms that allow you to reference all kinds of databases, calculations and processes to provide answers to questions.

User: What is my mortgage payout for my 104 Main Street home?

Bot: As of March 15th your payout is $124,675, that includes the payment received on March 13th, but does not include any payments that might have arrived yesterday.

Bot: What about Da Bears last Sunday?

What I learned during my little bot-prank exercise on our daughter is that bots are scripts - scripts with algorithms, which can request, save and insert data.

I learned that voice-based chat-bots convert audio words into text, which the underlying text based bot can use. The audio word recognition and audio word feedback is simply another layer on the chat-bot solution stack.

I learned sentiment layers could be added. Layers that recognize particular words as "angry," "frustrated," "happy," "sad," "glad," etc. Each of these words can help the bot respond in a different and more appropriate way.

User:  I am NEVER doing business with you again, you knucklehead!

Bot: Having looked into your account and payment history, I can tell you we don't want your business either.

Bot: By the way, is your wife available to speak? She is much nicer.

I learned sensors, sharing data in real-time, can add reality to the conversation.

Bot:  You have been opening the refrigerator a lot lately - 67% more than usual.

Bot: Summer's coming and the elastic in your Speedos do have limits.

Today, Bots are only as smart as the developer making them.  In my case there was no concern that singularity would evolve or erupt from my efforts.  Although I did achieve the level of creepy according to my daughter who spent 10 minutes texting with the BeccaBot as it explained to her how wonderful I am.

I invite you to watch my latest short video on digital technology trends and strategies:

Download the full report with charts and data sources here.

Follow Kevin Benedict on Twitter @krbenedict

About Kevin Benedict
Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.

Latest AJAXWorld RIA Stories
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct ...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – N...
"We're developing a software that is based on the cloud environment and we are providing those services to corporations and the general public," explained Seungmin Kim, CEO/CTO of SM Systems Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the ...
The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, James Henry, Co-CEO/CTO of Calgary Scientific Inc., introduced you to the challenges, solutions and benefits of training AI systems to solve visual problems with an emphasis on improving AIs with continuous training in the field. He explored app...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021


SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE