Bot! zine - Issue #38

Happy new week, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. On a personal note, I'm making this whole "bo
Bot! zine - Issue #38
By Bot! zine • Issue #38
Happy new week, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. 
On a personal note, I’m making this whole “bot thing” my full time job starting this week: I’m joining Growbot as Product Manager
But don’t worry, Bot! zine will still be coming at you every week. Tell a friend! Share us on social! Help us spread the good word! We appreciate it big time.

Required Reading
Yet, Alexa is far from perfect. She is not a sentient being. And, for now, Alexa has enough faults that this intelligent voice agent is not the most ideal example of how all chatbots — which use text in messaging apps like Facebook Messenger — should work. There are some good points and some serious issues, like anything that is innovative in tech. Here are a few to keep in mind.
A drone-loving techie leads his team — and dad — into the bot world, routing 250 grown-ups along the way.
National Geographic uses a virtual Tyrannosaur to teach kids about dinosaurs—and succeeds where other chatbots fail.
“Let everyone in the office know I’m running late.”
Sometimes all you need to do, is send a Quick Thought to Yourself, a Link or a To-Do… So how do a vast number of us solve this problem?
Two weeks ago I was on stage with Redfoo (yes, of LMFAO) at the VentureBeat MobileBeat summit.
We strike up conversation to achieve all sorts of things, from sharing the latest gossip to getting hold of vital information. But the art of chatting is taking a very different direction in the 21st century. Here are 6 of our favourite chatbots for iPhone users - and they’re all free
Chatbots are hot right now in the startup community. It seems like a new bot releases every day. I’m not always sure that chat interfaces are ideal solutions — I find scanning the news on Flipboard much quicker than chatting for the news — but the blending of A.I. with a chat interface is a match made in heaven for many verticals, including health care.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Wit.ai stories demo for conversational apps and chatbots. This example shows you how to set up a conversation for ordering pizza. You may download our public…
Considerations on making a conversational bot
The lunch pre-order startup Allset now allows people to use its service to book a table and order takeout and delivery through a chatbot on Facebook Messenger, the company announced today.
While Pokemon Go makes location play a thing, original geo-gamer Foursquare flirts with bots
Your photo postcards, printed and mailed anywhere with the Courier chatbot
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Events
Sept. 28 & 29, 2016 Fair Market Austin, TX - Two days of bot talks and community building! Bot! zine readers get 25% off the price of admission! Go see talks from bot luminaries like Ted Livingston of Kik, Amir Shevat of Slack, Esther Crawford of Olabot, and many more!
If you’re interested in hosting a panel or talk of your own at the event, there’s still time! Submit your ideas here.
Our August meetup will be all about building bots - from super simple personal resume bots (i am thinking - Kritibot..) all the way to more complex, advanced bots. 
Join us for an exciting talk where we’ll explore the role of bots and conversation agents in various business scenarios. Come learn the fundamentals of the new Bot Framework
Since this is the first meetup, we will go over the basics of chatbots, platforms and how companies are using it. It will be informal
Meet local bot startups, and hear them discuss issues related to the challenges and opportunities of the bot marketplace.
We discuss and debate how AI chatbots will transform financial services.
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