Artificial Intelligence is no longer a thing of the future – it’s here and it’s now. From the virtual assistants that are offered on your Smartphones to the customer service agents that are now answering all of your questions online. But while artificial intelligence is often used for information and business purposes, we can also have a little bit of fun with it too. Whether you’re bored and want to play a game with Alexa, or want to invest more time into creating your own idealized virtual partner, you can now do just that.
Though it’s taken us a while to get there, we’re now starting to see a huge integration of chatbots in our gaming platforms and messaging apps. While there was a point in time that you had to exit your game or app to do other things, chatbots are now letting you do it right within your game.
Feeling hungry? No problem! Just ask your chatbot assistant to order you a pizza while you continue gaming. Wondering what’s playing at the theatre tonight but don’t want to interrupt your game? You don’t have to! Just ask your own virtual assistant right there in the game, and they’ll tell you everything you want to know about movies and showtimes.
Another way that gaming platforms are using virtual assistants and chatbots is for player support.
Of course, chatbots aren’t just being utilized in our games, in some cases, they actually are our games! We talked about the power of the Akinator in one of our previous blog posts, but let’s refresh your memory. The Akinator is one of the most primitive types of chatbot games, but is still extremely entertaining. All you have to do is download the app, think of a character, answer some questions and the Akinator will accurately guess who you are thinking of – real or fictional.
It really is quite impressive – and fun. We encourage you to give it a try for yourself. Then, try some of these other chatbot games that are now available:
Ever thought about what it would be like to have a mini-version of yourself walking around? Well, technology hasn’t gotten to the “walking around” part yet but you can, in fact, create a mini version of yourself. Known as the “mini me” chatbot, Replika records your daily conversations and experiences to learn about you so that it can eventually mimic your personality. The more you interact with the bot, the more it becomes just like you.
This is the Chabot app that allows you to “talk” to your favorite celebrity. Of course, you aren’t talking to the real celebrity, you’re talking to a chatbot posing as your favorite celebrity, but the idea is still the same. With this “fandom” app, you can receive messages from your favorite “celebrities” throughout the day, each one doting on how amazing you really are.
Wysa isn’t technically a “game”, but it is a type of chatbot app that functions all on its own. Wysa is all about psychological wellness. Though it’s not a registered therapist, it can help you to develop self-help techniques to deal with things like stress, depression, and anxiety. Just tell the bot how you are feeling and it will respond with helpful advice.
Don’t feel like downloading an entire app to interact with a chatbot? That’s okay, because many chatbots are now incorporating games within them. All you have to do is say, “Alexa let’s play a game”, and your boredom is cured. But what types of games can Alexa, Google, Siri, and other chatbots play?
And the list goes on and on.
In conclusion, we are currently living in a world where Artificial Intelligence is no longer a thing of the future. And as we see chatbots and AI grow in popularity, it’s not just businesses that can benefit – we can also use it to have a little bit of fun! Whether you are bored and want to play a game of Jeopardy, or want to create an entire mini-me version of yourself, AI is now allowing us to do just that.
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