How do we define true artificial intelligence? For 20 years, Yaki Dunietz has been building chatbots that have facilitated millions of conversations. But the truth is, chatbot development is in dire straits. In that time, we’ve seen little technological advancement in how developers build bots. Even industry heavy hitters like Siri and Alexa can only manage context for 1-2 lines of conversation. The solution is to stop isolating our work. By looking to other programming disciplines, we can learn that our future must be collaborative. That’s where CoCo comes in. This talk will discuss the stagnation of the chatbot industry and what we can do to bring it into the 21st century by building and sharing a marketplace for micro-conversations.
The Next Frontier in Conversation Design: Unifying Bot Design Through Collaboration
Jack (Yaki) Dunietz, innovator and founder of CoCo, has been revolutionizing the field of conversational AI for more than two decades. As chatbots and AI become the forefront of the tech sector, Yaki believes that better bots will be built by collaboration and inter-organizational cooperation. He therefore founded AI Conversation Systems to develop and support the advancement of Conversational AI. Its LA based subsidiary, IMperson Inc., developed multiple award-winning bots for recognizable brands like Disney, Hyundai, and CBS. Dunietz, who holds degrees in both computer science and in Philosophy of Language, has been a pioneer of Israeli hi-tech since the late 1970s. He founded Mashov Computers, which in turn spawned many publicly traded tech companies, both in Tel Aviv and NASDAQ.