They're grabbing headlines and, depending on who you listen to, might just be the new apps. Well, like most apparently new ideas in tech (see also: Virtual Reality, wearables) bots have actually been around for years.At the turn of the millennium, when AIM and MSN were the messaging services du jour, there was Smarter Child.In 2015 58% of the Kenyan population could access the internet, and we can expect a further growth.Kenya and Ghana have always been pioneers in regional tech innovation.And if one of those isn't nearby, you should check the locally led field events at events.and search for your location.Now if you still can't find a live event nearby, or simply can't spare the day on a "technical research outing" you can tune in to the free Oracle Mobile Platform You Tube channel, where technical videos about mobile (and chatbots too) are covered in detail! There are many successful tech startups emerging from Nairobi, and there’s probably one really important common thing in them: they don’t want to change the world.They are focusing on problems local people face day-to-day.
It conjured up images of fake Twitter accounts sending endless spam, but over the past few months, bots have undergone something of a renaissance.
Well, it seems that it is actually the reality and it is happening in front of our eyes.
The African smartphone market is getting traction rapidly: according to the predictions, smartphones sold this year will outnumber feature phone sales.
In March, Microsoft released 'Tay', a Twitter chatbot intended to learn from its interactions with users.
Within 18 hours, the bot had been taken offline due to posting a variety of racist, sexist and otherwise offensive responses to tweets.