# 13.8. Making a Chatbot¶

Chatbots are programs that are designed to have conversations with people. Many chatbots are designed for the amusement of people playing a game or interacting with others in an online forum. However, they also are increasingly used as digital assistants - Google developed a technology called Duplex that uses AI to call resteraunts and make reservations by talking to the host.

Making a full fledged AI that can respond to unexpected responses and questions is a profoundly compex task. But if our goals are more limited, we can try to make a program that seems smart by forcing the conversation. If we ask questions that require specific answers, and count on the user to respond in a logical way, basic conditional code can handle generating our responses.

Computer: Hello, what is your name?
User: Greg
Computer: Hello Greg. Nice to meet you. Where do you go to school?
User: Chemeketa
Test to see if the input has "Chemeketa" in it, if so give this message:
Computer: That is where I live!
Otherwise, we would have the computer say something like "Huh, never heard of it."
Computer: What is your favorite movie?
User: I like "Rushmore"?
Just ignore the user's input and pretend like we used it.
Computer: Oh, that is a pretty good one. I like "The Matrix",
I just wish it had a happy ending.