Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is set to host its yearly F8 conference at the Fort Mason Center located in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday. The social networking corporation is anticipated to discuss various subjects, including bots.
Just recently, the company has started testing an artificial intelligence bot, which has the ability to provide descriptions of images through voice assistance to users who are visually impaired. It is said that the bot-based offerings of Facebook will be the main focus of the event.
The social networking giant is apparently inclined to the integration of bots into Facebook Messenger—the company’s chatting service and application—for third party business partners to connect with consumers.
During the previous year’s conference, Facebook has unveiled the Facebook Messenger Platform, allowing developers to gain access to a service with more than 900 million users. Now, chatbots are reportedly coming to Facebook Messenger and will have special plugins for businesses.
Chatbots can aid in responding to inquiries by potential clients with automated systems. Based on a presentation shared with the developers of chatbots, the social networking giant refers to these chatbots as Structured Messages. Moreover, it is also working on Message Us buttons, which can be integrated into FB pages to pop open a chat.
In addition, Facebook Messenger recently included a search bar for brands, as well as a suggestion list for businesses to chat with. Yet, it is not yet clear what the type of brands a specific user might be interested to connect with.
Apart from chatbots on Facebook and Messenger app, this year’s F8 conference will also highlight virtual reality. Oculus Rift, which is owned by the social networking giant has already begun shipping, which is why 360 degree videos and content will be the center of attention. Furthermore, Facebook Inc. may discuss its plans on how developers can optimize the video format for virtual reality and further use it on applications.
Several virtual reality devices have been unveiled this 2016, including Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR, as well as HTC Vive. With this, the social networking site should address developers regarding the new tools and enhancements to capitalize on the new market.
There may be a session dedicated to look into Facebook’s video streaming aspect. Just recently, the Founder and CEO of the social networking giant Mr. Mark Zuckerberg shared improvements and talked about major features in a live broadcast. These enhancements and features can appear on the video streaming service soon. With this, there may not be greater focus on Facebook Live at the conference.
Facebook will likely motivate 3rd party developers to improve its existing tools and products. Moreover, some Facebook Audience Network updates can also be anticipated, which takes the advertising specialties of Facebook to 3rd party platforms.
Although the F8 conference is scheduled to be held tomorrow, reports indicate that interactions with toolkits and developers have been leaked to the press already. Before, the Facebook CEO talked about how he wants to develop a virtual assistant just like Jarvis from the Iron Man movie. Since artificial intelligence bots have already made their debut on Facebook, Mr. Zuckerberg’s vision could come to reality.