'Askrio2016' Bot Directs Tourists Through the City to an Olympic Event

By: Erica Francis - Aug 2, 2016
References: facebook & venturebeat
'AskRio2016' is a Facebook Messenger chatbot that will guide tourists to an Olympic event in Brazil. One of the most difficult things to do when visiting a country is navigating the country for food, tourist attractions or simply translating the language. The AskRio2016 bot does all that and more. Users can use the service to access information about flights and currency conversion along with its navigation and translating abilities.

Unlike regular search platforms, an AI gives a far more personal experience, allowing for users to feel like they're communicating with an actual person. In addition, the chatbot does most of the hunting work when a user asks a question which is easier than having to use different search terms on a site like Google to get all the information they need. With the upcoming global sports games just around the corner, the bot is both timely and necessary, especially for foreigners looking to explore the city and attend an Olympic event.