There are many types of chatbots that serve many purposes. There are shopping bots, health bots, therapy bots, financial bots, and the list goes on. You can spend a lot of time playing with chat bots. Chatbots are on Facebook Messenger, Slack, Kik, in the App Store, and on browsers. We started a running list of chatbots that you can try, and new bots are being created every day. Here are some chatbots to try, most are on Facebook Messenger.
FUN AND SOCIAL
Ask for a joke or submit a joke. This joke chatbot will learn from your responses.
Ask for an inspirational quote or submit your own quote. The quote chatbot will learn from your responses.
Dinner Ideas Bot
This chatbot will give you a recipe every day or every week, and you can give it a list of ingredients and it will give a recipe suggestion.
Ruuh is an entertainment chatbot that focuses on humor, Bollywood, music and other forms of entertainment. She is English-speaking and was created for an urban Indian audience.
Zo is a social AI chatbot with #friendgoals. Zo is a bot Microsoft provides to you for entertainment purposes.
This chatbot is a nonsense bot that seems to be collecting data. The conversations are weird and don’t seem to follow a normal pattern, but it’s fun to play with it. Cleverbot includes other bots: Eviebot, Boibot, PewDieBot, Chimbot and are available in the App Store.
This Facebook Messenger chatbot allows users to engage in a text exchange with Albert Einstein, to explore the details of his life and accomplishments. It was created by NatGeo to go along with the Genius TV show.
Woebot is a therapy chatbot that tracks your mood, learns human behavior patterns based on your responses, and teaches techniques in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
MeditateBot is an AI-powered chatbot that helps you create and maintain a daily meditation practice.
HealthTap is an on-call online doctor that answers medical questions. It is a HIPAA-compliant medical service that also connects with labs and pharmacies.
This chatbot is text-based. You send a text to their phone number and the bot talks to you when you can’t sleep. The website says this bot is most active from 11pm to 5am.
Melody by Baidu
Baidu has launched Melody, an AI-powered conversational bot designed to provide relevant information to doctors to assist with recommendations and treatment options.
ELIZA is a natural language conversation program that was created by Joseph Weizenbaum in 1966. It’s designed to represent a Rogerian psychotherapist. There are numerous sites on the internet with an ELIZA application, so do a search to try all the different versions.
NEWS & WEATHER
Wall Street Journal
Click the Get Updates button to start the chatbot conversation. You can get updates on news from the Wall Street Journal.
The CNN chatbot gives you the latest news stories when you click on the Messenger icon on the CNN Facebook page.
Poncho gives you a personalized weather forecast every morning based on your zip code, along with a humorous or witty comment about random things. You can also get a 5-day forecast, pollen forecast, hair forecast, and Poncho will offer to send your horoscope.
Niki.ai is an India-based shopping assistant that helps you get a ride, pick up laundry, book a hotel, and get event tickets.
This bot helps you the create Memes within Facebook Messenger.
Mitsuku is a virtual friend who learns by experience, so the more you talk to her, the smarter she becomes. This chatbot uses Office Work Suite that is downloaded on your desktop.
Answerbot is a Zendesk product that you can add to your customer support system. It uses machine learning to help answer your customer’s questions.
DOM The Pizza Bot
This is a Messenger bot for Domino’s Pizza. When I tried to order a pizza, it said it was having trouble and redirected me to the website to order a pizza.
MORE TO COME
If none of these chatbots sound interesting, or if you want to test more chatbots, check out the chatbot finder for a list of 21,000 chatbots. This will keep you busy for awhile.
Here is another site with a list of chatbots. This list shows all the available platforms for chatbots, from Slack to Kik to Amazon Echo to Apple, Android and Messenger. Click on the platform icon in the top navigation to find chatbots for that platform.
Chatbots on Facebook Messenger can be hard to find. We recommend going to this bot list and click on the Messenger icon at the top of the page.