BBC Partners With Nigerian Innovators.

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The BBC has announced it is working with Nigerian developers to make chatbots which will talk to people on instant messenger apps.

A chatbot is a computer software programme that is able to communicate with humans, using artificial intelligence.

The project is part of the BBC’s Connected Studio which has been working with developers across Africa.

You can try out the BBC’s pilots on BBC Taster and read more about chatbots on the BBC News website:

Artificial brains are being created that mimic the way humans think and speak
Artificial brains are being created that mimic the way humans think and speak

What is a chatbot?

A chatbot is a computer software program that is able to communicate with humans, using artificial intelligence.

The first of my kind is widely believed to have been invented in the 1960s by Joseph Wiezenbaum at MIT’s artificial intelligence laboratory.

Eliza was able to process natural language and posed as a therapist although she only had rudimentary skills and answered a lot of questions with other questions – in that respect she was quite realistic (that is a chatbot joke by the way).

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