Everything starts with a conversation. We use it to exchange of ideas, express our intents, and exert our demands. As we step into the future, we will find ourselves carrying conversations with intelligent bots made to carry conversation. Dare I say it -- A Chatbot!
If you haven’t heard by now, Chatbots are the future! These simple AI programs can respond to requests, fill inquiries, help with scheduling, and, even tell a good knock-knock joke. Clearly, these bots are extremely useful and versatile making them one of the hottest topics in AI. So when I received an email from Prof. Kenji Sagae advertising an opportunity to contribute to the Chatbot universe, I jumped at the chance!
After our initial email exchange, we spoke over the phone discussing about KITT.AI, ChatFlow, and the internship. It sounded great! However, there was one catch: I would have to start immediately. It seemed absolutely crazy, but, after some convincing from Xuchen Yao and encouragement from friends, I took a leap of faith. I bought my plane ticket, packed my bags, and, moved up to Seattle to begin my work at KITT.AI. Needless to say, it was totally worth it!
The past 4 months have been a whirlwind! I wrote documentation, created video tutorials, unknowingly became the voice of ChatFlow, tested products, deciphered 3rd party APIs, discovered the Pandora’s Box called the Alexa developer portal, bypassed it with ChatFlow, met other companies apart of the Alexa Fund, moved offices, and developed some of my very own dialogue systems (which you can check out here).
Over the last 4 months, I have learned a lot. I have learned how to create a good dialogue system, how to put together information in a clear and concise way, the dos and don’ts in creating a user interface, and how to combine different tool kits into one seamless experience. But most importantly, I have learned how to harness my creativity and channel it into a tangible product.
What started as a simple email reply has became a truly eye opening experience. Through it, I have learned a lot about the field of AI, about start-ups, and about my own interests. So in summation, how did I end up at KITT.AI? A good conversation.