Chapter 8. Developing Chatbots

The year 2017 was all about chatbots, and that continues in 2018. Chatbots are not new at all. The concept of chatbots has been around since the 1970s. Sometimes, a chatbot application is also referred to as a question-answering system. This is a more specific technical term for a chatbot. Let's take a step into history. Lunar was the first rule-based question-answering system. Using this system, geologists could ask questions regarding the moon rock from the Apollo missions. In order to improvise the rule-based system that was used in the Apollo mission, we had to find out a way to encode pattern-based question and answers. For this purpose, Artificial Intelligence Markup Language was used, also called AIML. This ...

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