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Api.ai vs Botkit: What are the differences?

Api.ai: Conversational interface platform for apps, devices, bots, and services. API.AI is a natural language understanding platform that makes it easy for developers to design and integrate intelligent, robust conversational user interfaces into mobile, web applications, and devices; Botkit: Building Blocks for Building Slack Bots. Botkit designed to ease the process of designing and running useful, creative bots that live inside Slack, Facebook Messenger and other messaging platforms.

Api.ai and Botkit can be categorized as "Chatbot Platforms &" tools.

Botkit is an open source tool with 9.29K GitHub stars and 2.03K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Botkit's open source repository on GitHub.

MessagePro, Znack, and Lumeneo.com are some of the popular companies that use Api.ai, whereas Botkit is used by emojination, Taggun, and BubbleIQ. Api.ai has a broader approval, being mentioned in 6 company stacks & 9 developers stacks; compared to Botkit, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

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Hi, does anyone have recommendations for a chatbot framework? I am currently using Botpress, and I am not happy with it. The upside is: They pretty much have everything you can ask for in a bot solution, but the issue is: They did nothing right, the documentation is terrible, and you have this feeling of it falling apart at any time, which is what actually happened once.

My ideal solution would have:

  • Support for Messenger and web (should either have a website chat plugin or straightforward integration with a different one)
  • A visual builder (for none tech team members) | This is not a hard requirement though
  • A slick DX for building simple things like API calls or more advanced stuff.
  • We currently only have a "click bot," so no crazy NLP features required, but in the future a requirement

What I do not want: - I do not want a solution where "someone else" builds the bot for me

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Samantha Delfin
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Dialogflow includes:

  • OOTB integration with Messenger and you may use the Web Demo integration provided to embed it to your website. For Messenger, you even have some responses such as image responses, card responses and for those that are not available you can use custom payload.
  • It has a very nice visual builder which can be easily used by non-technical builders.
  • Fulfillment allows you to easily integrate your APIs.

Coursera has a very nice two-week course to learn how to use it.

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What is Api.ai?

API.AI is a natural language understanding platform that makes it easy for developers to design and integrate intelligent, robust conversational user interfaces into mobile, web applications, and devices.

What is Botkit?

It is an open source developer tool for building chat bots, apps and custom integrations for major messaging platforms.

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What are some alternatives to Api.ai and Botkit?
Recast.AI
Our artificial intelligence is agile: just create a few inputs and it will learn to detect the common meaning behind new sentences. Leverage the community to quickly build your bot with ready to use building blocks.
Wit.ai
Iti is an API that makes it very easy for developers to create applications or devices that you can talk to. Any app, or any device, like a smart watch, Google Glass, Nest, even a car, can stream audio to the Wit API, and get actionable data in return. We turn speech into actions. Think Twilio for Natural Language, with Stripe-level developer friendliness.
Kore.ai
It is the only chatbot platform built with the enterprise in mind. Build NLP ready chatbots that use machine language and AI to complete all types of tasks.
Amazon Lex
Lex provides the advanced deep learning functionalities of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for converting speech to text, and natural language understanding (NLU) to recognize the intent of the text, to enable you to build applications with highly engaging user experiences and lifelike conversational interactions.
Dialogflow
Give users new ways to interact with your product by building engaging voice and text-based conversational apps.
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