TechCrunch: Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public

TechCrunch: Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public. “At Google I/O this year, Google quietly introduced a new chatbot analytics platform called Chatbase, a project developed within the company’s internal R&D incubator, Area 120. Today, that platform is being publicly launched to all, after testing with hundreds of early adopters including Ticketmaster, HBO, Keller Williams, Viber, and others.”

PopSugar: Meet Replika, the AI Bot That Wants to Be Your Best Friend

PopSugar: Meet Replika, the AI Bot That Wants to Be Your Best Friend. “On the day before Replika was officially made available to the public, more than 1.5 million people had already queued up on the app’s waiting list, in addition to the several hundred thousand who had already been granted access as part of a beta testing program. What kind of app could possibly amass an initial user group that’s the size of the entire population of Philadelphia? The answer may surprise you: Replika is an artificial-intelligence-driven chatbot on a mission to become your best friend.”

MIT Technology Review: Andrew Ng Has a Chatbot That Can Help with Depression

MIT Technology Review: Andrew Ng Has a Chatbot That Can Help with Depression. “I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve been seeing a virtual therapist. It’s called Woebot, and it’s a Facebook chatbot developed by Stanford University researchers that offers interactive cognitive behavioral therapy. And Andrew Ng, a prominent figure who previously led efforts to develop and apply the latest AI technologies at Google and Baidu, is now lending his backing to the project by joining the board of directors of the company offering its services.”

The Next Web: Chatbots are here to stay, what the data is telling us about the people that use them

The Next Web: Chatbots are here to stay, what the data is telling us about the people that use them. “By now it should be of no surprise that chatbots are starting to become way more mainstream than they were ten, even five, years ago. Chatbots are popping up for everything. Heck, there’s even a chatbot now from Imperson that lets you follow along with Steve Aoki on his new tour and chat it up with his bot. It seems there is a conversational UI for almost everything, and if there is a place without them, you can guarantee someone is out there trying to figure out a way to implement one.”

Lifehacker: This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten ‘Kodak Moments’

Lifehacker: This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten ‘Kodak Moments’. “Over the course of a year, I take thousands of pictures that I either share on Facebook or Instagram or leave to die on my smartphone’s camera roll. While the idea is that I’ll go back and look at them at some point, truth be told that rarely happens. The closest I get is when something comes up in conversation, I remember I took a picture years ago, and I search through Google Photos or my Facebook photo gallery to see if I can find it, which I do roughly 50% of the time. Now, Kodak has a new app and Facebook bot designed specifically to help you unearth those awesome memories that you captured by then forgot about.”

Small Business Trends: What Is a Bing Business Bot and How Does Your Small Business Get One?

Small Business Trends: What Is a Bing Business Bot and How Does Your Small Business Get One?. “An employee’s day can easily be derailed by customers calling to ask the same questions over and over again; Are you open today? Where can I pay my bill? How do I find your prices? Where are you located? So, it’s easy to understand the necessity Bing sees in creating chatbots for small businesses. Chatbots save your paid employees time, which saves you money.”