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Why Apple and Google should be worried about Facebook’s new bots store


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A really good article on AI as it will apply starting now in consumer devices mobile and desktop. Apps are not as popular as one would think. Like me, most folks use 5 or fewer apps daily. Microsoft and Facebook are looking into what well may morph into the next big thing. It is a very good article to explain a new technology we will be seeing increasingly. We'll see.




"The chatbot explosion bears a resemblance to the fledgling app economy, circa 2009. Apple had launched its app store the previous year -- Google’s Play Store didn’t come until 2012 -- and “the kooky world of apps” became a refrain in the media. Today, apps are a $50 billion economy, according to App Annie, which tracks app sales.

As apps proliferated, Apple and Google forged ahead with app store marketplaces that served as platforms for hundreds of thousands of other companies to sell their services. Apple’s app store revenues exceeded $20 billion last year, the company said. Google doesn’t break out Google Play revenues, but estimates put the number above $7 billion. Amazon and Microsoft haven’t made significant inroads in the app world -- and perhaps this is why they seem so eager to usher in a way to find goods and services through bots.


Consumers may also be ready for a new platform. Besides messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, WeChat and Facebook Messenger, enthusiasm for new apps appears to be waning. According to a Forrester report last year, consumers spent 80 percent of their time on just five apps -- 80 percent of those are owned by Google and Facebook - even though they’ve downloaded an average of 24 apps."


This looks like an interesting fork in the AI road. Perhaps something to look into investing with. The article is here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/12/why-apple-and-google-should-be-worried-about-facebooks-new-bots-store/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_tech

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