LivePerson offers first out-of-box integration with IBM’s Watson Virtual Agent

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The first wave of bots is now entering a more sophisticated phase. One sign: the recent announcement that business messaging platform LivePerson has now released a version with an IBM Watson-powered bot built in.

LivePerson Head of Research Rurik Bradbury told me that this is the first enterprise-level, out-of-the-box integration of bots, AI and human agents.

Previously, he said, LiveEngage provided a messaging platform for brands’ customer service, sales and marketing that could be used by consumers on Facebook Messenger, a website, in-app messaging or SMS. Apple’s iMessage will also soon be available through LivePerson.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

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Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.


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