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Artificial Intelligence Weather Chatbot

Photo cred: PixaBay (Singapore)
Region: South-East Asia
Hazard Type: FloodsExtreme Weather
Organization: Robust Tech House, Singapore

This Tool from Singapore utilizes ICT for society's resilience and is associated with the keywords: Utilizing ICT for Risk AssessmentsFostering Knowledge & InnovationEnhancing Risk Monitoring & WarningEnhancing Communication and Coordination

This test version of a Artificial Intelligence Chatbot directly interacts with users through the Facebook Messenger app on mobile phones giving weather related information for all areas in Singapore. The user has to be specific in their questions as the AI bot is still very “young” as it calls itself and is still learning to comprehend and provide correct answers to questions.  

The AI Weather Chatbot is developed by a private company which is a Mobile App Development Company based in Singapore (iOS & Android), specialising in eCommerce, Mobile Commerce and FinTech web and apps development and chatbot development. This contribution to e-resilience from a private company is paving the way for future applications of AI and Chatbots. This company strives to be at the forefront of Chatbot Development in Singapore. With recent advances in Natural Language Processing, supported by Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots are now able to understand a much wider array of user inputs.

Together with the greater availability of APIs, particularly with the support of the Singapore Government, Chatbots now can automatically take actions pursuant to user inputs. The result is a whole new way for users to more conveniently communicate their intents and for systems to automatically recognize and act on these intents.  Many use cases lend themselves naturally to such conversational interactions, beyond the limited use cases that “virtual assistants” used to provide.

In finance, E-commerce and other industries, chatbots have become increasingly useful in helping the consumer to figure out what he or she needs and getting it promptly. Chatbots help to simulate the scenario of talking with a human being, while a machine is getting most of the work done. Big companies around the globe like Google and Facebook have already begun experimenting with chatbots, and this could have an effect in transforming the way that the Internet is seen and used especially for disaster response and preparedness in terms of providing services such as weather information that could be more effectively handled by a machine. A challenge that needs to be overcome is to make the interaction between the human and the machine (Chatbot) easy for the human to grasp in order for it to be useful.

The potential of this tool is what lends itself to e-resilience - application of AI through simple messaging services to provide weather related information which can potentially save lives and reduces damages to property. 

Communicate with the Chatbot (through Messenger)