Which are the best chatbots for iPhone?
Conversation is an integral part of being human. If we weren’t able to talk to each other, we’d struggle to get by in life. Whether it be through written or spoken mediums, communication lets us make our thoughts and feelings known, whatever the context.
We strike up conversation to achieve all sorts of things, from sharing the latest gossip to getting hold of vital information. It’s a very human concept and has been used for millennia. But the art of chatting is taking a very different direction and is entering the 21st century through the rise of the chatbot.
Best chatbots for iPhone: What’s a chatbot?
It’s likely that you’ve come across the term chatbot, but the nuances of the concept are less well known.
It’s pretty simple, however. A chatbot (also known as a chatterbot or talkbot) is a form of computer program that uses artificial intelligence to conduct conversation through auditory or textual means. Chatbots are often designed to replicate the way a human would talk and communicate to make the experience as convincing as possible.
Following the rules and conventions of human conversation, these bots aim to serve a variety of purposes. For example, it could be that a company uses them for customer service functions, letting you sort out problems you have with a product or service quickly and easily – without having to speak to a human being. They can also be used for acquiring information such as weather or news updates.
The chatbot has become one of the top tech trends of 2016, with big players such as Facebook and Telegram having already made their move into the area by launching their own bots and bot platforms. In this article we take a look at six bots and bot platforms for iPhone that have the potential to improve your life in a plethora of fun and useful ways.
(This term and others are explained in our
Apple user’s tech jargon dictionary.)
Podcast discussion: Microsoft Tay and misbehaving chatbots
UK Tech Weekly Podcast team discussed genocidal chatbots (don’t worry, most chatbots are friendly!) in their eighth episode. It starts at the 13-minute mark: