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Facebooks new Chatbot Blender is now open source

Blender is the new open source chat bot from Facebook’s AI & Machine learning division.  This is the direct competitor to Meena, the offering from Google. 

The new chat bot has been made from 1.5 billion conversions being used to build it.  Some say these came from Reddit posts. This New Facebook chat bot can discuss nearly any topic and can now blend conversation and also show empathy.

Some of the other improvements of the blender chatbot vs what already exists on the market are its “generation strategies” this means that the chat bot does not repeat itself or provide answers that are either too wordy or too shallow. 

Although not yet perfectly replicating a human conversation this is a significant step forwards.

https://developers.facebook.com/docs/workplace/integrations/custom-integrations/bots/