Available only on Facebook Messenger, Ask Alice is a utility chatbot. Ask Alice will help its users find bars, cinemas, petrol stations, banks and restaurants nearby. How will the chatbot fare against our expectations? Let’s take a look
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As the chatbot uses Facebook Messenger as its platform, you need to activate it by selecting “get started” in the chat. Ask Alice will introduce itself and tell you about its capabilities. The chatbot will ask you to select from the following:
- Coffee shop
- Hair salon
- Petrol station
For example, if you select bar, the chatbot will ask you to confirm again. Then, the chatbot will ask you to select the search radius, which ranges from 100 m to 2000 m. The chatbot will then inquire about your location. Once the chatbot has your location, it will suggest places that are within the search radius. You can get additional information about each place, such as address, opening hours, reviews, phone number, and website.
Let’s assume the location you provide to the chatbot is Central Boulevard, Central Business District, Singapore. When the chatbot asks you about the search radius, you select 2000 m. The chatbot will show you Jig-a-jig Bar and Restaurant, Post Bar, Lin Rooftop Bar, New Asia Bar, TAP Craft Beer Bar, The Armory Craft Beer Bar, and Artemis to name a few. If you want to go to Artemis, but you don’t have much information about this place, you can ask the chatbot to search for reviews. The chatbot will look for reviews online and give you more information. You can also find the phone number of the place, in case you want to ask them questions about the place.
You can also the chatbot to find information about other places such coffee shops, nightclubs, restaurants, petrol stations, and hair salons to name a few. You can always find the address, phone numbers, reviews, opening and closing times on Ask Alice. Whatever you are looking for, you will find on Ask Alice. It’s amazing to see that the chatbot will always information about all places.
One of the greatest things about Ask Alice is that it doesn’t have any restrictions when it comes to location. Whether you are living in Singapore or Bengaluru or New York, Ask Alice will never fail to deliver information.
However, not everything is excellent about this chatbot. Ask Alice doesn’t have natural language processing in its coding. As a result of this, if you go out of context, the chatbot will get confused. Only if you use keywords, the chatbot can understand what you are saying.
Overall, Ask Alice is a good utility chatbot as it gives you information about everything in and around your location. Whether you want to find information about bars, barbers, nightclubs, or restaurants, the chatbot will give you everything you need to know. You can anything ranging from the address of the place to its website. Whether you want to visit a new restaurant or order from one, the Ask Alice will help you out. Although there are a lot of advantages to using the chatbot, it doesn’t have natural language processing. As a result of this, the chatbot won’t be able to understand if you go out of topic or use non-keywords. All in all, Ask Alice is quite good at what it does. There are no bugs in the core functionality of Ask Alice.
Do give Ask Alice a shot on Facebook Messenger if you want information about a place on the go.
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