When we last looked at chatbots we were slightly in awe of Microsoft's Tay, the "horny racist" teen bot that had jaws dropping and monocles smashing around the net. Thankfully Mark Zuckerberg doesn't tolerate those sorts of antics in his house.
Facebook's take on chatbots are going to be integrated into the Messenger app, allowing you to interact with businesses and services the same way you'd chat with friends. It's bold and interesting, but just one element of the entire F8 developer conference that saw Facebook double down on live video streaming, 360 videos, internet-delivering dones and much more.
While the idea of a mobile web service for homeless people might sound odd, that's because there's a lot of misunderstanding around the nature of homelessness. AskIzzy is an Aussie-made 'app' that's connecting homeless people to the services that can make a real difference in their lives.
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