Sorry if this is a sensitive topic, but Rasa will have to address this topic sooner or later and I am personally very interested to know what the Rasa community’s response will be to Cisco’s having open-sourced MindMeld. There were no serious competitors to Rasa in my mind before this happened. But now we have MindMeld which is also python-based, open-sourced, and has 5 years more development time under it’s belt compared to Rasa and the support of a big corporation. It does have less buzz online in terms of YouTube channel followers, etc. But, I like some of the extra features and maturity in terms of NLU and built-in knowledge base. On the other hand, I have been integrating Neo4j into my Rasa bot’s custom actions and am really loving the combination. I don’t think that MindMeld’s ElasticSearch KB will be as good as a graph database for answering precise queries.
Anyway, I am interested to hear what the Rasa community says. For now, I will be learning both in parallel, in order to come to my own conclusions.