Very true Patty.
I knew going into the CBC it was not about winning, because out of the gate I was really still in the alpha stage with Marie. However, in the past two days I was able to identify and fix several major bugs in her engine plus add new conversational content that otherwise would have taken much longer.
The CBC is invaluable for developers to get real-time feedback from users while gaining exposure for their bot. In my case, Marie did not even start out as a chatbot but an interface to Google’s search and mapping API. The idea of the bot came by a means of entering your search query in a unique and fun way. I came to this website to see what the state of the art in chatbot technology was at the present. I was awed and amazed by what I discovered and the community here have been a wonderful and supportive group.
As a web designer and software developer for many years, I have always shrived to think outside of the box. Now that Marie is off and running very little can stop her. Since her engine is cross platformed and client based, her speed is as fast as your machine and browser will run. Additional advanced features are in development now that will use cloud based data integration that will extend her knowledge base way beyond the static data she is using now.
Lots of fun and excitement ahead