VENTURE BEAT - Jan 28 - One of the biggest emerging technologies of 2016 was AI with chatbots. e.g. Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, Google Home, and Microsoft released its Bot Framework. A trend that started with SMS messaging led to chat "conversational interfaces" being at the heart of how we communicate with businesses in the future? Match UK quietly released a chatbot. Visit the main page and wait around a bit. It replaces a sign-up form. A UX/UI Designer from Zurich used a conversational web bot to replace his site and said traffic was up 1,000% and in 48 hours he got 250 emails from people chatting with the bot. In the 2016 Facebook study More than a Message 56% of a survey group said they'd rather message than call customer service. Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 should tell you all you need to know about the future of messaging.
Mark Brooks: Fascinating. Marc Lesnick is working on Mobile Dating Conference Los Angeles speakers now. Please let us know if there's any particular chatbot technology speakers you'd like there. btw, Date.com tried this a few years back, but I don't think the tech was up to par, as they pulled it quickly.