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The Oil and Gas Chat Bots Are Coming

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Meet Sandy, Nesh, and Ralphie. They are newborn chat bot programs that have been designed specifically to seek out the answers to oil and gas professionals’ tough questions.

These bots, also termed virtual assistants, stem from a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) known as natural language processing (NLP), which has quickly entered the mainstream thanks to the efforts of tech giants Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Their software innovations have enabled many millions of people to engage in dialogue with laptops, smartphones, and speakers. Consumers are using NLP mostly inside their homes for simple requests; music and weather reports round out the top two uses in one recent survey.

But there is now a push to get this technology into the world’s offices where it has the potential to increase worker efficiency. This market test is just barely under way in the oil and gas business where adoption will hinge on a virtual assistant’s ability to quickly generate reliable assessments of complex issues involving reservoirs, seismic data, and well logs.

And like many nascent developments in the digital arena, the technology’s capabilities will also depend on the amount of training it receives from its earliest users.

These first movers are among those vying for the chance to make chat bots an essential part of the upstream sector’s future.

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The Oil and Gas Chat Bots Are Coming

Trent Jacobs, JPT Digital Editor

01 February 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 2

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