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Let’s explore Duolingo Bots through crowdsourcing!

We’ve asked you to help us brainstorm conversation ideas for Duolingo Bots and now we want to take it one step further: help us create a conversation with a Bot by imagining a possible conversation between a learner and a Bot. Our first scenario will be renting a car. The learner’s goal will be to rent the right car from a car rental Bot.

We’re testing the limits of this brand new experiment. To keep things from getting too crazy, please follow these steps:

  1. Each line relates to the goal of renting the car and the speaker is labeled either BOT: “…” or HUMAN: “…”

  2. Each line is either a direct prompt (something that the Bot says) or a possible response (reply or question given by the learner). Bot and Human lines alternate.

  3. 1 line per post.

  4. Each comment is either:

a) a new conversational path: post something a Bot could say to start the conversation as a new comment right below this post.

OR

b) a possible response to an existing conversational path: post a response as a reply to a previous comment. We can come up with several possible responses to a given comment and vote on our favorites.

Make sure you post your possible reply below the correct comment and help upvote each comment you like. To make everything easy to read, let’s try to keep each line as short and fun as possible. Some sort of resolution should be reached before getting 10 replies and sub comments deep into a given conversational “path”. Currently the forum limits responses to 6 comments deep. You can keep the conversation going by posting individual posts underneath a longer exchange as long as long as you copy the previous line that you're responding to in your comment.

Here’s an example of how we think this format could look in a scenario with lost keys:

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Let’s get creative!

** Of course nothing too controversial or inappropriate here – please keep this PG-13.

** For the sake of clarity and focus, we’ll remove all comments not related to scenarios.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas! The Duolingo car rental agency will open soon - you'll be able to rent your favorite vehicle from Duolingo Bots shortly! (Feel free to keep sharing your ideas below.)

February 27, 2017

94 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Bot: Welcome to Duo Rentals! Would you like to rent a vehicle?

[Thought I would let the Bot go first this time]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Human: Can I rent a flying saucer?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MickeytheGreat

Bot: That depends. How much money do you have?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProDuoExtra

HUMAN: I can afford anything up to $350/per day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MickeytheGreat

Bot: unfortunately our flying saucers cost $351/per day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rhabarberbarbara

@ bi6gv Bot: We are currently out of brooms, but they cost $100 per day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bi6gv

HUMAN: Do you offer any other flying vehicles for under $350/per day?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rhabarberbarbara

@ bi6gv Bot: We offer flying carpets for $200 per day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

@Rhabarberbarbara Human: Hmm... Flying carpets or brooms, which one would you recomend, Sir/Madam? And whats your name?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rhabarberbarbara

@ wittykittycute Bot: Flying a broom needs more skill, flying a carpet is easier but can lead to air sickness. My name is Bot1337.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

Human: All the money in the world.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

Human: More than you'd think.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coledude0

Human: No, I was just looking your rental rates.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

You will find that our rates are very competitive.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paubcrespo

Human: Maybe. Do you have a catalogue?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Can I do this online or do I have to stand in line?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: We have a toll-free 800 number for making reservations plus an easy-to-use website.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Yes, but do you have paperless system when I get to the airport?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: I'm sorry, you will need to review and sign the contract in person.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Yes, we've automated everything. Just print out your one-page contract and show it and your driver's license to the attendant when you leave the lot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: I would like to report an accident.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rhabarberbarbara

Bot: Please describe the accident.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: I swerved off the highway to avoid a deer and am now in a ditch.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Oh my! Was anyone injured?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Just my pride. The car needs a tow to get back on the road.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: I'm glad everyone is fine. We have an 800 number for roadside assistance. Would you like me to connect you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: What is the condition of the vehicle?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: It appears to be intact, just stuck in a trench.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Slight blemish to the fender.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Is the vehicle road-worthy? Can you make it our nearest rental agency?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: I broke the passenger-side mirror while backing into a parking space at the mall.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: A delivery truck backed into the car at the supermarket.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: I would like to report an unclean vehicle.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: No, I am returning one. Do I need to fill out any paperwork?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: The keys are in the car?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Yes. I left them in plain view on the driver's seat.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Then you are good to go.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Did you buy gas?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Did you jot down the mileage?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: How was the rental? Did everything meet your expectations?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: The car reeked of smoke. It took a container of deodorizer to fumigate it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: I had to buy a gallon of wiper fluid. There wasn't any.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear that. Do you still have the receipt? We'll be happy to reimburse you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: It went swimmingly, thank you. How do I get from here to my terminal?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Would you mind filling out a customer satisfaction survey?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: It depends. How long is it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: I would like to report a theft.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

BOT: Fill out this paperwork here and you'll be good to go.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Okay, but what about my luggage? It's in the trunk. Is that insured?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

BOT: I'm sorry. There's nothing we can do about your luggage.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

Bot: Unfortunately, he's on vacation, but you can talk to him if you arrange an appointment in 3 weeks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: That's highly unusual. May I speak with a manager?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear that. You will need to file a police report before we can do anything.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Okay, but don't you have GPS tracking? I left the vehicle for just ten minutes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: How do I do that?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: Wow! The police force has officially entered the twenty-first century.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dungiveaflyinfox

BOT: You can file the report on their site.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

Human: Yes, what off-road vehicles do you offer?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

Bot: We have monster trucks, buggies, ATVs, UTVs, off-road trucks, pick-up trucks, muscle cars, and rally cars.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

Human: I'll take a muscle car.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

Bot: For one day, that'll be $70,000.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas! The Duolingo car rental agency will open soon - you'll be able to rent your favorite vehicle from Duolingo Bots shortly!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ramy526637

HUMAN: Can I rent an ice-cream van ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Bot: Yes, but it might melt in the sun.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paubcrespo

BOT: No, we only have normal cars.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

BOT: We do have a limited number of commercial vehicles, but I'll need to see proof that you are a caterer licensed to do business in this jurisdiction.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattenhall

BOT: Hello! Are you here to rent a car?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattenhall

USER: Yes! What can I get for less than (input currency and amount) a day?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mattenhall

BOT: You can get an [insert car brand and model from the country you are theoretically in] or [insert another car brand and model from the country you are theoretically in].

Or, just give them the choice between a red or blue car.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/www.William.com

Bot: Hello welcome. Would you like to rent a car


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/www.William.com

Bot: When will you return it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/www.William.com

Do you want a small car or a big car


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/www.William.com

Bot: Here are the keys. Have a nice day


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vc120

Bot: Welcome to Charlie's rentals! What kind of car would you like?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marcus_p.

Human: Thank you but I don't need a car.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patfinegan

HUMAN: I need something with four doors and reasonable trunk space. What can you recommend?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deboutwest

BOT: Where will you be traveling today? I have many maps to choose from.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamvaisShanti

Human: I would like to go to Edinburgh


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erika989040

Bot: What is the purpose of your travel?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictaDaWinna

Human: I wish to see my family.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erika989040

Bot: Who is in your family?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deboutwest

Human: My mother and father live in a castle in Edinburgh. There is a monument to my Great-grandfather there.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katie44571

HUMAN: What time do I have to return the car?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiddo-depido

BOT: Anytime between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., make sure to hand the keys in at the office.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ForestPolyglot

HUMAN: Great. I'll be back at 5 p.m.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulKlenk

I will admit, that these are superior and should be an integral part of ALL the platforms. Fortunately, they are native to ios and work on ios v11, developers' version. Would be even better if Luis could focus on these features and drop some of the monetization issues.

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