Facebook releases Bot Engine to create much smarter bots

Messenger is all about bots now. As expected, Facebook unveiled the Send and Receive API at its F8 conference. It lets you create bots for Messenger to search for things and interact with businesses. But what if you want to use machine learning and create more complex scenarios? Meet the Bot Engine, Facebook’s more powerful bot framework.The Bot Engine is based on Wit.ai’s work. Facebook acquired Wit.ai last year, and later built M for Messenger using Wit.ai’s platform. But Facebook is adopting a new strategy with the Bot Engine. If developers embrace the framework, Messenger users are going to get a variety of small specialized bots. “Send receive API is more than enough,” Facebook VP of Messaging Products David Marcus said. “But if you want to build more complex bots,…


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