Ok, I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t like the idea of a Santa bot. I love holidays and the Christmas time, but my idea of a Santa is a big burly old man, with beard white as snow that one could lose a cookie or two inside. So when I was first approached by my colleague Sean with the idea of developing a Santa bot, I wasn’t so sure. But then it did mean I get to spend some time playing with IBM Watson and Microsoft Bot Framework. What came out of it was a series of articles that my colleague wrote here and here, and a fairly hip Santa Bot that you can chat with on skype here.
The Santa bot is a fully conversational bot I built using Microsoft Bot Framework, that understand natural language using LUIS.ai and was deployed as an Azure app service accessible via various channels including Skype, Facebook messenger, and even SMS Text Messages (twilio). In the coming weeks, I may write a how-to as well as showcase some IBM Watson stuff. So stay tuned.