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Build a Chatbot in Ten Minutes - Dave Kerr - Serverless Summit

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In this presentation I'll show you how to use Amazon Lambda and Lex to build a working chatbot in just a few minutes. No prior experience is required, you'll see how to use a simple starter kit built by myself and a friend to rapidly set up a bot. This is a great way to get your hands dirty with serverless programming on the AWS platform, and have some fun writing a bot!

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Build a Chatbot in Ten Minutes - Dave Kerr - Serverless Summit

  1. 1. Build a ChatBot in 10 Minutes! Serverless Summit 2017, Bangalore @dwmkerr #inserverless Dave Kerr Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company
  2. 2. …or… chatbot jugaad! @dwmkerr #inserverless
  3. 3. Thank-you to the organisers and sponsors!
  4. 4. Who am I? @dwmkerr #inserverless
  5. 5. I am a technology consultant. @dwmkerr #inserverless
  6. 6. Which is closer to this… @dwmkerr #inserverless
  7. 7. What am I going to talk about? @dwmkerr #inserverless
  8. 8. Chatbots! @dwmkerr #inserverless Perfect for serverless technology. Today is about fun, not ROI!
  9. 9. …I’ve got to come clean about something… @dwmkerr #inserverless
  10. 10. …I know almost nothing about chatbots! @dwmkerr #inserverless
  11. 11. Lawrence Hunt, Selin Lanzafame, Dave Kerr
  12. 12. Introducing Lex @dwmkerr #inserverless
  13. 13. “Amazon Lex is an AWS service for building conversational interfaces for any applications using voice and text. With Amazon Lex, the same conversational engine that powers Amazon Alexa is now available to any developer, enabling you to build sophisticated, natural language chatbots into your new and existing applications. Amazon Lex provides the deep functionality and flexibility of natural language understanding (NLU) and automatic speech recognition (ASR) so you can build highly engaging user experiences with lifelike, conversational interactions, and create new categories of products.” @dwmkerr #inserverless
  14. 14. Say what? @dwmkerr #inserverless
  15. 15. Let’s see it in action! @dwmkerr #inserverless
  16. 16. Demo 1: Get a boring-bot running https://github.com/dwmkerr/lex-starter-kit refs/heads/demo1 @dwmkerr #inserverless
  17. 17. We setup the project with make setup @dwmkerr #inserverless
  18. 18. We can deploy lex models with make deploy
  19. 19. Here’s how our conversation looks so far @dwmkerr #inserverless
  20. 20. Getting Input @dwmkerr #inserverless
  21. 21. Most conversations need input! @dwmkerr #inserverless
  22. 22. Demo 2: Getting Input with Slots https://github.com/dwmkerr/lex-starter-kit refs/heads/demo2 @dwmkerr #inserverless
  23. 23. We configure the environment with make config
  24. 24. We can deploy lex models with make deploy
  25. 25. Our conversation flow is now more complete
  26. 26. Cool kids use the shell for everything github.com/dwmkerr/effective-shell @dwmkerr #inserverless
  27. 27. Intermission: Using lex-chat https://github.com/dwmkerr/lex-chat @dwmkerr #inserverless
  28. 28. Using sessions to manage conversation state @dwmkerr #inserverless
  29. 29. Sometimes we have state which we build up over a conversation… @dwmkerr #inserverless
  30. 30. Demo 3: Sessions https://github.com/dwmkerr/lex-starter-kit refs/heads/demo3 @dwmkerr #inserverless
  31. 31. Use the session to persist conversation state between intents
  32. 32. This gets complex! When do you clear a session? At least you save time on the scripting  @dwmkerr #inserverless
  33. 33. Bootstrap your bots, and join in for the next set of features! github.com/dwmkerr/lex-starter-kit github.com/dwmkerr/lex-chat @dwmkerr #inserverless
  34. 34. Thanks! @dwmkerr dwmkerr.com github.com/dwmkerr linkedin.com/in/dwmkerr
  35. 35. Appendices @dwmkerr #inserverless
  36. 36. Tips and Tricks • Question marks in intent utterances will break Lex! • Train with realistic data • Complicated or very variable slots are very hard to work with (e.g. sentences), consider using cards • Encrypt sensitive environment variables such as keys when using lambda functions @dwmkerr #inserverless

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