Its market is anyone from hobbyists like me, to small businesses, to Fortune 500 companies–anyone who might need a chatbot, but doesn’t have the resources to build their own Siri. Dexter’s code is pulled from the open source project Rivescript, which is infinitely simpler than the command-filled code of other chatbot options.
The Reg contacted Microsoft and Turing Robot to confirm the chatbots had been yanked from the platform, but neither had responded by the time this article was published. I’m joking, and yet, two months ago, I caught the bug. I carved out time over a few evenings, and read through tutorials with the zealous fervor a modern-day Frankenstein. For instance, to write a question your user might ask the bot? Yet I was thwarted on step one–which I believe involved setting up some sort of virtual server on my computer. “The Rive Script language was kept dead simple like this for the sake of being easy to parse it,” says its creator, Noah Petherbridge.You can also branch discussions into specific topics that are quarantined in their own little add-on modules (imagine you’re Pepsi or United airlines, and dealing with a major media controversy–these modules would quickly allow you to add a topic all about the incident without messing with the core capabilities of your bot). Not only was she programmed to respond with the sort of insider joke punchlines that simply slay in an office setting, she made the real Suzanne cringe, ever-bracing for another virtual pie in the face. And even though Suzannebot never developed more logic than offering pre-scripted one-liners, my coworkers actually started asking her opinions on things, and even pitching her stories.On my first day with Dexter, I built Chef Schwarzenegger, a vegan Terminator bot who wants to help you make dinner tonight through Facebook Messenger. The novelty of branching responses and dialog trees already had worn thin. It was like a two-for-one.“The bot is so jokey but also . Though always in jest, the trend was clear: Suzannebot was subtly subverting Suzanne’s authority.