SEED, an open, independent, and decentralized marketplace for developers, publishers, and users of conversational user interfaces (CUIs) or “bots” – today launched in private beta, an important milestone on the road to imminent public launch.
The SEED team is building a trusted platform and marketplace for Conversational AI where companies and individual developers are able to sell, build, license, and deploy AI services in conversational form.
This trusted bot economy will use a blockchain foundation to provide transparency and accountability, built on top of the SEED token.
“We are excited to announce that we have functional software that demonstrates our framework for building, licensing and deploying bots. In our marketplace, called SEED Greenhouse, you will be able to assemble Conversational AI as chatbots, voice assistants, and even 3D avatars using a multitude of components and services, and then deploy them in multiple channels in a way that is fair and trusted.”
– Nathan Shedroff, CEO of SEED
For the next few months, SEED will be working with early partners to add leading AI/bot components and services to SEED Greenhouse. The goal is by the time the public beta is launched, SEED will have a vibrant marketplace that enables developers to build powerful, trusted AI services.
The SEED Greenhouse distributed application will be a complete development environment that allows CUI developers, deployers, and authors to upload components to marketplaces, set licensing terms, rate components and developers, connect CUIs to third-party services (such as natural language processing or other AI services), activate and deactivate CUIs, and collect and transfer SEED tokens.
“We are witnessing a Cambrian explosion of services and components that power Conversational AI, and are building these into the SEED platform. For example, we already support open source bot engines such as ChatScript, IBM Watson Assistant, and Dialogflow, services like AccuWeather, and deployment channels on the Web and Telegram. And this is just the beginning – our roadmap points to integrations with Haptik, Google Maps, Rasa NLU, Microsoft’s Sentiment Analysis, and Bot Framework, and many others.”
– John McKnight, CTO of SEED