Google took a shot at Facebook’s chatbot-building services on Monday with its acquisition of API.ai, a company that helps developers build and improve conversational interfaces for their services.
API.ai has more than 60,000 developers using its platform to create conversational user interfaces for apps like Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Kik. Its tools make it easier for programs to parse human language and translate it into action. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The company offers a vast suite of capabilities for natural language understanding, including predefined knowledge packages known as Domains, which make it easier for assistants to understand a variety of common requests any additional coding.