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Making Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri

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Project: Make a Chatbot Program

The finished Scratch Cat sprite
Figure 4-2. The finished Scratch Cat sprite

What Is a Chatbot?

A chatbot is a computer program that can talk with people in natural-sounding language. It includes programs that communicate by reading and writing text, and those that can speak and understand verbal commands.

What It Does

Businesses use chatbots to steer callers to the proper extension and information. Websites use them as for customer assistance. They also act as a voice-activated interface for smartphones and other devices.

Where It Came From

Chatbots were originally designed as an intellectual exercise. In 1950, computer pioneer ...

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