Bot! zine - Issue #34: Celebrate Bot Independence!

Happy 4th of July Monday, everyone! This was the best American flag / bot mashup image I could find.
Bot! zine - Issue #34: Celebrate Bot Independence!
By Bot! zine • Issue #34
Happy 4th of July Monday, everyone! This was the best American flag / bot mashup image I could find. Sorry.
Bots have been busy inserting themselves into Brexit petitions (cheeky!) and helping citizens across the pond get out of pesky traffic tickets (delightful!). 
Just on a personal note, I wanted to say how thrilled I am with the bot coverage over on VentureBeat. They’ve been killing it over there! So if you’re noticing a lot of VB articles in the newsletter, that’s why. 
If you find an article, wrote an article, made a bot, found a bot that you love, let me know! Tweet us @botwikidotorg, or join and shoot me a DM. We want to include you!

Required Reading
U.K. investigates Brexit petition fraud after bots allegedly inflate signature count
Following the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom’s government is investigating the addition of fake signatures in the petition for a second referendum, which has received more 3.7 million signatures.
The DoNotPay bot has beaten 160,000 traffic tickets -- and counting
A bot made to challenge traffic tickets has been used more than 9,000 times by New Yorkers, according to DoNotPay maker Joshua Browder.
Chatbots starting a new era of the internet — oratio Insights
Chatbots are changing the way we interact with services and have already been labelled as the “new apps”. They could be the future of communication and the b…
The bot revolution: How conversational interfaces will replace apps
We’re at the cusp of a sharp rise in devices that have no screen but do have conversational voice controls, such as the Amazon Echo. Smart home and Internet-of-things (IoT) objects that respond to users’ voices will improve and become more intuitive with further iterations and wider adoption.
Doodle acquires chatbot Meekan to integrate its A.I. scheduling assistant | VentureBeat | Bots | by Chris O'Brien
The Switzerland-based company behind the Doodle online scheduling service announced today that it has acquired Meekan, a scheduling chatbot developed in Israel.
Connect your Bot to the World
Bot Libre now supports integrating with XML and JSON web services, HTML scraping, and access to Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, email, and other services. From our scripting languages Self, and AIML you can now access any web service that returns XML or JSON data. 
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Twitter-bot plasters creepy smiles on celebrities' faces
Not all Twitter bots are racist – some are genuinely creepy, (but in the best possible way). Take @smilevector, an algorithm created by New Zealand neural netw…
Chris Messina, the inventor of the hashtag, just launched his own chatbot
Chris Messina, developer experience lead at Uber and inventor of the hashtag, said back in January that 2016 is “the year of conversational commerce.” Today, he’s launching his own personal assistant chatbot, called MessinaBot.
Got Bot Analytics?
How a Slack bot is using analytics to better understand usage and improve the product offering.
Must-read - the communication assistant for your team at Slack
Too many messages in Slack? Let Must-read handle it Must-read is your digital communication assistant. He will help your team to collect important messages and links and track who have read it.
Chatbots search - ChatBottle
ChatBottle helps you find great chatbots for FB Messenger, Telegram, Kik, Slack and other platforms.
Kukie | A messenger bot for free tools to build your business
Chat with Kukie on facebook messenger to get free tools and awesome articles which can help you build your business or startup.
Allows you to create company events without leaving Slack. There are built-in one-click RSVPs and you can track all the upcoming events and their attendees.
askthephotobot (@askthephoto) | Twitter
Tweet @askthephoto show me a photograph or show me a picture & I’ll reply with a photo from an evolving list of photographers @filmplane is compiling.
hip-trebek - Hipchat Web Hook to play Jeopardy!
SF, New York, Austin, Toronto, and Melbourne: VB's Botathon is coming to your town! | VentureBeat
The innovations coming out of the bot and messaging space are starting to explode.
7/6: New Directions in User Experience with Chatbots w/ Joseph La Sac - PDX Bots (Portland, OR)- Meetup
An Immersive Discussion of In-App AI & Intelligent Assistance Bots Bio: Joe is a tech startup enthusiast and digital content producer, with his finger on the pulse of new developments in AI chatbo
7/6: Bots & Buddies - Silicon Valley - Silicon Valley Robotics (Mountain View, CA)- Meetup
It’s time for Bots & BUDDIES at the brand new Hacker Dojo! Please join us for this new, but familiar event. We’ll do our best to keep the same spirit alive, but have had to change a few things around due to new Dojo requirements. Stay tuned!
7/7: The BotMakers Detroit First Official MeetUp, GreetUp & BotUp! - BotMakers Detroit (Detroit, MI)- Meetup
The BotMakers Detroit First Official MeetUp, GreetUp & BotUp! I’m excited to invite all local BotMakers on the campus of Detroit’s leading Digital Marketing and Customer Experience Agency, and my employer, MRM//McCann Detroit in Downtown Birmingham.
Please consider supporting the project at or by checking out our current sponsor below!
BotPages Inspector
BotPages Inspector: the first analytics platform for bots and conversational apps.
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