In August, the White House launched the first-ever government Facebook Messenger bot, and since then, President Obama has received more than 1.5 million messages through the platform. The Obama administration is now aiming to get other governments to follow its lead and embrace the burgeoning communications system by open-sourcing the code for its Messenger bot.
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has created a bot that texts you quotes from Donald Trump.
The bot was highlighted in a tweet today by creator and Clinton campaign designer Suelyn Yu. It draws on the same backend database as Literally Trump, a hillaryclinton.com fact-checking page used during the first presidential debate. The Trump Text bot was originally released Sept. 26, a Clinton campaign spokesperson said, the same day as the first presidential debate, but was not promoted until around the time of the second debate.
The Loebner Prize is an annual event where AI specialists from around the world join to play off their bots against a panel of judges, in a battle for the most humanlike AI and a goal of tricking the judges into thinking they are talking to a real person. Mitsuku is one of the most popular chatbots running on Pandorabots: the world’s leading conversational artificial intelligence chatbot platform.
Chinese search engine giant Baidu is launching a medical chatbot designed to make diagnosing illnesses easier. The conversational bot is named Melody and comes built into the company's iOS and Android Baidu Doctor app, which launched in China in 2015. Baidu Doctor allows users to contact local doctors, book appointments, and ask questions, with the chatbot intended to speed up this process.
Thomas Tull, CEO of Legendary Entertainment, has invested $2 million in Blend Systems, a group-messaging app startup launching a new “chat bot” feature that funnels in topical content about individual celebs, companies and brands.
Tull joins previous Blend investors, including New Enterprise Associates, CAA, Foundation Capital and Management 360. The 20-employee company, founded in 2013, had previously raised $9 million.