Developed by Swapratim Roy, Marvin.ai is a personal chatbot, available on Facebook Messenger. Without having to pay anything, you can get the chatbot to help you out. Will the chatbot live up to our expectations? Let’s find out!
Just like every other chatbot on Facebook Messenger, you need to click on “get started” to activate the chatbot. The chatbot will tell you that it is a personal assistant and it will do its best to help you out.
Currently, the chatbot will show you the latest news headlines and give you the weather forecast for various cities. You can also use the chatbot to search for topics on Wikipedia and YouTube. Now, if you select news, the chatbot will ask you to pick from the following:
- Latest news
- Science & Nature
Based on what you select, the chatbot will give you the latest news. The developers of the chatbot wanted to make sure that you get the best sources for news articles. As a result of this train of thought, the chatbot will pull headlines from 33 different newspapers that are global leaders in the industry. For example, if you select sports on the chatbot, it will ask you to select from these sources:
- Fox Sports
- BBC Sport
- Four Four Two
- The Sport Bible
If you select BBC Sport, the chatbot will display the top four articles from that website. When you go through the news feature of the chatbot, you will find out that the developers have spent a lot of time on it. All the news subjects and sources are categorized accordingly. If you choose technology, the chatbot will ask you to pick from TechRadar, TechCrunch, T3N, Hacker News, Buzzfeed, and Reddit. Each news subject has a comprehensive list of sources, to improve the functionality and usefulness of the chatbot.
You can also use the chatbot to get the weather forecast. For example, if you want the weather forecast of Singapore, you just need to type in ‘Singapore’ and the chatbot will give you the temperature and weather conditions.
You can use the chatbot to pull information from Wikipedia, which is extremely useful if you need information quickly. If you type any topic on the chatbot, such as Singapore, it will give you information regarding the city. If you want more information regarding the topic, you can select ‘more info’ and the chatbot will redirect you to Wikipedia.
Last but not the least, you can use the chatbot to look for videos on YouTube. There are no limitations to this feature as the chatbot will search for the topic on YouTube. However, there is one feature which is missing from the chatbot. You can type anything on the chatbot and expect it to understand as it doesn’t have natural language processing.
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Overall, Marvin.ai is a good personal assistant that is available on Facebook Messenger. The news feature of the chatbot is well done. For starters, all news articles have been categorized appropriately. You have a lot of options when it comes to news sources such as BBC Sport, Tech Radar and The Sport Bible to name a few. You can also use the chatbot to give the current weather forecast for any city. The chatbot can be used to pull information from Wikipedia. You also have the ability to look for YouTube videos on Facebook Messenger. However, the chatbot doesn’t have natural language processing. As a result of this, it won’t understand everything you type on the chat.
Do give Marvin.ai a try on Facebook Messenger!
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Also published on Medium.