Lee was recently appointed to President Obama's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
Kik is one of the mobile chat apps that started the trend now being pursued by Whats App, Facebook Messenger and others.
"As we saw what the interface could do, we shifted our attention to bots." Read More: Microsoft's AI Twitter Bot That Went Racist Returns ...
A lot of factors have come together to make this explosion of bots possible.
One of them is the fact that people are just plain tired of downloading apps.
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"People don't even always know they're interacting with bots," Hartman said.
"The whole thing only works when it's just so easy that you don't even think about the fact that it's a bot." Read More: Why You Might Soon Text Robots as Often as Your Friends But he pointed out that bots are currently only capable of elementary tasks that don't require any kind of lateral thinking or complex interactions with other services.
After all, you make filters for your email, and change settings on your Facebook account, right?
"It is still very early days for chatbots and AI," Lee said.
Facebook chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at the social network's annual developers gathering unveils the option of building chat bots that let software have one-on-one natural language exchanges with people in San Francisco on April 12, 2016. They're all the rage: Kik has them, Facebook wants them, and it seems like every computer coder wants to make them. And why is every company suddenly hot on this new A. Those interactions can be straightforward, like asking a bot to give you a weather report, or more complex, like having one troubleshoot a problem with your internet service.