The researchers want to give chatbots a ‘consistent personality’ which will help them have better conversations.
Having a conversation with chatbots seems to be rather interesting. And Facebook, which had a personal AI assistant named ‘M’ (now defunct), is planning to revamp its ‘army’ of AI chatbots. And the latest challenge which they are looking forward to is making these chatbots engage in a conversation.
You may think that ‘chatbots’ actually chat. But that is not the truth. Making them have a conversation is rather a long process. Neither do these bots have a consistent personality nor do they remember what they or their conversational partners have said in the past and also when they don’t understand something, they just say “I don’t know.”
What Facebook seems to be working towards is making chatbots look for patterns in large datasets while engaging in a conversation. The engineers have built their own dataset to train chatbots called Persona-Chat, which has more than 160,000 lines of dialogue, sourced from workers found on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk marketplace.
While the direction which this exercise has taken is pretty positive but a more engaging conversation is what the engineers are aiming to get and not mere mugging up of movie scripts and lines.
Facebook users will be eagerly waiting to chat with chatbots, isn’t it?