From Celebrity Bots to Grief Bots: Creative Uses of Chatbots

Chatbots are everywhere. They mean a lot for businesses with the opportunities they provide. But they offer a lot for individuals too.

The increasing number of people are engaging with chatbots. They not only use chatbots but also develop their own applications.

Lately, we have seen the news about a guy who built a bot to chat with his girlfriend while he is away. This busy man was concerned about neglecting his girlfriends’ messages. So, he decided to create a bot to reply to her on WeChat.

This creative approach reminded us of some other interesting uses of chatbots which we will have a look at below:

Christopher Bot

Christopher Bot is a messenger bot that helps students keep track of their homework. What makes it interesting is its developer. A then-14-year old teen (Alec Jones, ­­ who is 16 now) is the creator.

“I was tired of trying to remember to write down my homework or enter it in a task app, so I wanted someone to keep track of it all for me,” says Alec, on Product Hunt page of his chatbot.

A student needs to share her schedule with Christopher Bot to start using it. Then the bot sends a quick message at the end of each lesson asking if any homework had been set. The student can insert a specific subject into a weekly schedule to follow up what she needs to do on it. Once the homework is complete, the student lets the bot know. The bot automatically removes the homework from the to-do list.

To learn more about Christopher Bot, visit its profile on Product Hunt.

Celebrity Bots

Celebrity bots reflect the personalities of celebrities they are developed for. Celebrities use these bots to send news updates, push promotional content and engage with their fans. And by chatting with these bots, fans enjoy the illusion of talking to the celebrities personally.

Maroon 5, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, and Elon Musk are among the celebrities who have a chatbot. For example, SelenaBot of Selena Gomez is defined as “An AI-powered chatbot of Selena Gomez” on its Product Hunt profile. The bot does Q&A’s and gives fans access to music, video, upcoming events. Elon Musk bot, on the other hand, has a more assertive call-to-action like: “Chat one-on-one with Elon Musk.”

Even if fans know that they are not speaking to ‘real’ celebrities, they enjoy interacting with these bots. And celebrities are happy to find a new way to promote their latest gigs. For example, Maroon 5 had sent a 10-second clip of its latest single before it was released. Within 24 hours, fans sent 100,000 messages to the bot, and shared the clip widely on social media.

It seems like we will see more promotional efforts where chatbots are actively used.

Grief Bots

Grief bots are chatbots that allow users to chat with a dead person. These bots which reflect the personality of a dead person, are usually developed by his/her friends or family members. So, users can chat with their loved ones as if they are still alive after their death.

The first example of grief bots was created by Eugenia Kuyda, the founder of a Russian AI startup. When her friend died in a road accident, Eugenia decided to build a chatbot that she could talk to. She used his friends’ old text messages to build the bot. By feeding the messages into the neural network being developed, she managed to build a bot which mimics her friends’ speech patterns in a way that creates a realistic conversation.

Another grief bot was developed by James Vlahos who lost his father John Vlahos to lung cancer. He developed a chatbot, named Dadbot which reflects his father’s experiences and personality. The bot carries out conversations using John Vlahos’ own stories and words. With this bot, James always has a chance to remember the memory of his father.

Chatbots Everywhere

People enjoy interacting with chatbots. They not only use these AI tools but also develop their own versions to find answers to their various needs. As the use of chatbots increase and D-I-Y chatbot platforms become widespread, we will see more creative chatbot examples.

Author: Hilal Bakanay, Senior Marketing Specialist, Sestek