Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing increasingly popular and forcing businesses to restructure the way they are run. The implementation of both intelligent assistants and chat platforms are a popular point of entry. Intelligent assistants and bots let employees automate away repetitive tasks, improving communication, and workflow at a company.
Will my job exist in five years? Is artificial intelligence (AI) going to replace me?
If you ask yourself these questions when you first hear about emerging technology like an intelligent chatbot assistant, you’re not alone. It’s hard to predict what the next trendy tool will be and what impact, if any, it will have on your day-to-day life.
Being the lead designer for Talla has been an exercise in navigating uncharted territory. Talla was founded to bring real artificial intelligence to chatbots in conversational systems like Slack. We started in 2015, several months before the Slack app store even existed.We had to learn everything; there was no playbook out there for how to create a product like this.
When I make sales calls on behalf of Talla, I often run into a type of prospect I like to call the blue-collar tech worker. These are the everyday men and women who work in the trenches of IT, keeping hardware and software running on a tight budget with few resources. The blue-collar tech worker isn't the CIO or chief architect, he's the guy snaking CAT 5 cable through a drop ceiling, or the gal answering the panicked "my email is down" message at 2am on a Saturday and they are extremely valuable to the organization.
We've now had thousands of companies try Talla, and we have learned a lot from our metrics about how people evaluate bots and conversational interfaces. The most interesting thing so far is that when the Talla trial ends, most enterprises don't make a decision to buy or pass - they email us and ask for a trial extension because they don't feel like they have evaluated it enough. As we dug into this issue, our analysis of the data and discussions with customers in the trial process allowed us to develop a few hypotheses about why this happens. The number 1 issue seems to be that, given the open ended nature of a conversational interface, it is difficult to know when you have said enough things to it to know it works well. With that in mind, here is our recommendation for how you evaluate bots and conversational interfaces in general, and then we will write a follow up post for evaluating Talla specifically.
Sharing information has never been more important than today. In the digital revolution, chat is transforming the way we access information in the workplace and stay ahead of the game in a rapidly evolving market. Much of that evolution includes chat itself. With recent chat products like Microsoft Teams (and Talla!), we’re seeing a new technology emerge in the competitive business arena.
Have you ever wondered:
- What exactly are chatbots? Should my business be utilizing them?
- How can A.I. and bots make my employees more productive?
- How should my business evaluate bots in terms of functionality, security, etc.?
- Which specific bots should we be using?
On Wednesday, May 17th at 2pm ET, join us for a webinar to get the answers to these questions and see live demos of Talla, Troops, Growbot, Polly, and more.