Available on Facebook Messenger, Kontula Bot is a social and fun, travel and shopping chatbot. According to the developers, the chatbot will help you find places to visit and things you can do in Helsinki and Finland. How will the chatbot fare against our expectations? Let’s jump right in to see what this chatbot is all about!
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Even though the developers made this chatbot for Facebook Messenger, you don’t have to select “get started” to activate the chatbot. Instead, a simple ‘hi’ or anything along those lines is more than enough to get the chatbot to start working on Facebook Messenger.
Once you activate the chatbot, you will need to select the language that you are comfortable in conversing. At present, you can choose from English and Suomi. To use all the services of the chatbot, you need to be 18 years or older. However, if you are younger than 18 years, don’t worry because the chatbot will suggest things to do and places to visit for the younger generation.
If you happen to be the legal age, then the chatbot will ask you if you want to grab a couple of drinks. If you are up for it, you can tell the chatbot yes, otherwise a no will suffice. The chatbot will also ask you if you would like to remember what you did when you wake up the next day. Next, the chatbot will find out if you have friends with you at the moment or if you would like to meet new people.
Once the chatbot has enough information, it will suggest places according to your preferences. If you want to know more about these particular pubs, the chatbot will give you links that redirect you to the pubs’ official webpages.
You can use the chatbot to find details about movies that are running in Helsinki. The chatbot will give you a list of movies that you can watch, along with their showtimes. If you want to find movies in different locations in Finland, you can ask the chatbot to make the necessary changes. All the movies have two options below them, ‘buy tickets’ and ‘show all showtimes’. When you find a movie that you want to watch, the chatbot will redirect you to the official page so that you can purchase tickets. If you select show all showtimes, the chatbot will give you all the timings of the movie in Finland. If you are want to find out about other movies, the chatbot will give you a different list.
Don’t be fooled by thinking that the chatbot is only capable of telling you about where to get wasted and where to watch movies. You can use the chatbot to find out about activities that you can do in Helsinki. You can go for exhibitions if any, and popular restaurants in Helsinki. If you are not happy with the chatbot’s suggestions, then you can ask it to show you something else. If you want to go to a particular exhibition or restaurant, you can ask the chatbot to give you directions. Do note that you need to provide your location through text.
Last but not the least, you can get the latest news in Finland on this chatbot. All you need to do is type in ‘news’ and the chatbot will show you the latest news from all around the world. Each of these news articles has a ‘tell me more’ option below them. If you select this option, the chatbot will redirect you to the news article from the actual website. The news articles mainly focus on sports, politics, and accidents that take place around Europe and the world.
One of the greatest features of this chatbot is that it changes its suggestions every day. For example, if you select ‘get wasted’ on Monday, the chatbot will show you a list of bars that you can visit. If you choose the same option on a Thursday, the chatbot will display a different set of bars and pubs in Finland. The same goes with all the other options such as exhibitions and movies to name a few.
Overall, Kontula Bot is a great chatbot for finding out what to do in Helsinki. With the help of this chatbot, you can find great places to have a couple of drinks, meet new people and watch movies. The chatbot will give you all the additional information so that you have no questions about these places and activities. For example, you can get directions to any exhibition and restaurant that is in Helsinki. You can also use the chatbot to get the latest news.
Do give this chatbot a shot on Facebook Messenger if you are visiting Helsinki for a couple of days!
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