Chatting with sexbots

Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it would be integrating chat bots into Skype, thus allowing you to have quick conversations with a variety of businesses and services.At the Build 2016 keynote, we saw examples of how you could book a hotel through a Westin Bot or order a pizza though a Domino's Bot.

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Typically, a chat bot communicates with a real person, but applications are being developed in which two chat bots can communicate with each other.

Although we use chatbot as the main synonym on this website, please do not be confused.

The term can thus mean any technology ranging from real-time online chat over instant messaging and online forums to fully immersive graphical social environments.

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If you're looking for a more complicated answer, it's probably easier to just make a call or look up your answer on Google (or Bing, naturally).

Of course, it's still early days yet for Microsoft's AI strategy and we get the feeling that future bots will be a lot more intelligent.Asking the Build Bot to tell me a joke just prompted it to say: "Sorry Nicole, I'm a BOT with a specific purpose... In short, having a conversation with these chat bots feels a little like talking to a search engine, not a person.Which makes sense because these chat bots are all single-purpose, but it does show that they have their limits.As of right now, the only Bots available to add on Skype are Bing Music, Bing News, Bing Images, Getty Images and Build Bot (which is mostly centered around the Build conference).They're mostly in Preview mode at the moment (in other words, they're still sort of in beta), but they do appear to be functional.As you might expect, the chat bots respond to very specific keywords.

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