A Microsoft-developed We Chat bot that simulates a conversational and empathetic persona has attracted millions of users.
Truly autonomous bots aren’t ready for primetime yet.
Chatbots went dormant as messaging transitioned away from desktops and onto mobile devices. “Messaging is evolving as the next platform for applications and services, whether it’s games or commerce or transportation,” says mobile analyst and consultant Chetan Sharma.
Facebook is developing an all-purpose digital assistant for its Messenger app called M.
As the hours passed, it all went downhill from there, eventually spewing racial slurs and profanity, demanding sex, and calling everyone "daddy".