IBM hot for bots with asset exchange launch
IBM has unveiled its Bot Asset Exchange – offering ready-to-use, domain-specific conversation logic for chatbot development.
Users can discover, configure and deploy bots that use IBM Watson Conversation to their platform of choice.
The idea is to tap into the popular chatbot market – which IBM says is “only expected to continue to rise”. It cites a Juniper Research report, that says the market size is expected to result in $8 billion in cost savings by 2022.
Anamita Guha, product manager – IBM Watson Developer Labs, adds that the exchange uses open source development to “help conversational interface developers, including bot, voicebot, IoT [internet of things], and virtual reality developers”.
Along with the bot boost, Big Blue has released more than 120 code patterns for the open source development process.
It says developers normally have to “weed through thousands of code bases and documentation to get their work done” and “couple this with the trifecta of cloud, data and artificial intelligence (AI), three seismic shifts [are] happening simultaneously”.
It reckons it can simplify the process and streamline the search for open source code – and “these patterns do the dirty work for the developer” as they are “curated” packages of code, one-click GitHub repos, documentation and resources that address areas such as AI, blockchain and IoT.
If that’s not enough excitement for you, the tech titan is also launching the IBM Coder Community, a programme for developers building with IBM technology. The community is open to all, of all levels, for free.