Recently, with its acquisition of API.ai, the tech giant Google took a shot at Facebook’s chatbot-building services. API.ai helps developers build and improve conversational interfaces for their services. Well not only this, the company has more than 60,000 developers using its platform to create conversational user interfaces for apps like Slack, Facebook Messenger and Kik. Its tools make it easier for programs to parse human language and translate it into action. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Offerings- The company offers a vast suite of capabilities for natural language understanding, including pre-defined knowledge packages known as Domains, which make it easier for assistants to understand a variety of common requests any additional coding. In addition, API.ai also operates Assistant, an intelligent chatbot of its own that has more than 40 million users.
To shed some more light, API.ai CEO Ilya Gelfenbeyn, in a press release quoted “Joining Google will allow us to accelerate improvements to the platform and service our growing developer community in ways we’ve always dreamed. With Google’s knowledge, infrastructure and support, we can make sure you get access to the best available technologies and developments in AI and machine learning.”
The news comes a few months after Google announced Ello, an upcoming chat app that will let users bring bots into a conversation alongside human participants. The app isn’t available yet, but API.ai may give developers an added incentive to build for it.