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Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence are all around the Internet now, learn more about it.

Most providers/vendors say you need plenty of data to train a chatbot to handle your customer support or other queries effectively, But, how much is plenty, exactly? We take a look around and see how various bots are trained and what they use.

Recent bot news saw Google reveal its latest Meena chatbot (PDF) was trained on some 341GB of data. Meena is “a multi-turn open-domain chatbot trained end-to-end on data mined and filtered from public domain social media conversations.” So, a few steps beyond your usual scripted bot or even those that claim AI smarts.

The 38-page scientific paper highlights the advanced nature of Meena, but any business looking to train its bot faces that same opening question, how much training is enough?

Building A Better Bot Through Training

For a very narrow-focused or simple bot, one that takes reservations or tells customers about opening times or what’s in stock, there’s no need to train it. A script and API link to a website can provide all the information perfectly well, and thousands of businesses find these simple bots save enough working time to make them valuable assets.

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