If you’ve been around the ol’ back-to-school shopping ferris wheel a few times, you probably dropped to your knees at one point and shouted to the skies above, “Why can’t some damn computer algorithm just do this godforsaken task for me?!” Well, we’re glad you asked.
Fatherly’s brand-spanking new Back-To-School Bot is a Facebook Messenger-based virtual assistant that can help you find backpacks, school supplies, gadgets, lunch boxes and shoes for kids in preschool through elementary school. Just tell the Bot what you’re looking for, give it a rough age-range and, faster than you can say “Thank you Robot Overlord!”, you’ll receive 10 options that Junior will be chomping at the bit to show off on the first day of school.
How can we be so sure? Because, unlike the Bot (which is a heartless piece of code), the products are hand selected by Fatherly’s editors. So, basically, we did all your back-to-school shopping for you and then invented a futuristic Artificial Intelligence to deliver the product ideas to you while you’re procrastinating at work. What a time to be alive, right?