What chatbots can do for you

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January 20, 2016

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Message your to-dos to digital minions

 

There was brick-and-mortar, then the Web, then apps. The distance keeps shrinking between you and what you want to do or buy. Now the shortest distance between two points is chatbots: virtual assistants you can text to perform all sorts of everyday tasks. Chatbots work within your native SMS or messaging app, so you don’t have to open another app or go to a website. Just text the chatbot to order food, book tickets, find movie recommendations, get help with home DIY, and so much more. Find out what you can do with chatbots, and check out our F8 recap below to see how Facebook’s building an army of messaging minions. Read more »

 

Julie Wildhaber

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60 billion daily: That’s how many messages get shared on Messenger and WhatsApp. So it’s no surprise that Facebook wants to double down on messaging and introduce chatbots to help you get things done. Zuckerberg also revealed plans for Oculus Rift, Live Video, and augmented-reality glasses — read our recap for all the updates.

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