But Facebook’s chatbots might get very smart very soon. On Wednesday, Facebook unveiled DeepText, a natural language-learning network engine to help its chatbots and other software better understand and mimic human language by scanning “several thousand posts per second” by Facebook’s global users.
http://www.newsweek.com/finally-there-facebook-chatbot-actually-works-466387 What the story is describing is a virtual assistant not a true chatbot. Chatbots by their nature and the nature of written language are hard to program. Many well known experts have been trying various types of natural language engines to make them more intelligent in their conversation. Language evolves and written language is especially problematic as many use abbreviation and misspell words. They are going to attempt to solve this by observing conversations. So all I have to say to facebook is good luck. I am going to be on the side lines laughing when it falls on its face just like microsoft’s chatbot did.