How I added AI to my ‘80s robot

In 1985, TOMY released a toy robot called Chatbot. Just a simple toy, it never got to fulfill its true destiny as a conversational, artificial intelligent, chatbot - until now. Let me tell you the story of how I brought my robot kicking and screaming into the 21st century. First, by replacing its dusty, cold-war era circuits with internet-connected microprocessors, then giving it a brain running Node.js that connects to services to perform speech recognition, speech synthesis, and language understanding – making it a true chatbot.



David Washington

David Washington is a self-proclaimed hacker. He’s been at Microsoft for 14 years, where he’s led the developer teams that built the user experience for Windows Explorer, new form factors and the ...