Way back in 1966, the natural language processing program, ELIZA, played the role of a digital psychologist. This early chatbot was capable of “listening” to you as you shared your life story, delivering mostly coherent, yet vague canned responses to whatever you typed in.
Chatbots have come a long way since then. Many in the current generation are equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), making them more powerful than ever. And today, chatbots are used by organisations to listen to and respond to requests, find the answers to commonly asked questions, or even help us order a pizza.
Meanwhile, using our smart devices we can ask intelligent assistants, such as Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, to set up events in our calendars, dictate emails, play from millions of songs, turn off the lights, and more. And the more we talk to them, the better intelligent assistants get at understanding and serving us, thanks to AI.
Chatbot technology is becoming commonplace in our homes, on our phones and even in our vehicles – but what about in the workplace? Consumers are interacting with chatbots more often, even if they don’t know they are engaging with a chatbot.
The infographic below explains why 80% of businesses will utilise some form of chatbot automation by 2020.