Bot! zine - Issue #39

Getting back into the swing of being a full time employee for Growbot after 8 years of being a freela
Bot! zine - Issue #39
By Bot! zine • Issue #39
Getting back into the swing of being a full time employee for Growbot after 8 years of being a freelancer has been fascinating this past week – figuring out the new coffee machine, getting up-to-speed on everything the team has been working on, figuring out where all the good lunch places are downtown (you know, the really critical stuff). 
But it has also finally shown me how dependent on Slack we are (helps that we’re building a Slack bot). I’ve used Slack as a fan now for a while, mostly in interest-based teams (like Botmakers, of course). To see how it works as a work tool has been super interesting to me. 
What are your favorite bots for work? Let me know by replying here, or sending us a tweet at botwikidogorg!

Required Reading
Die Dashboards Die! Why Conversations Will Reinvent Software
In years to come, conversations will breathe new life into software — particularly the boring enterprise tools millions of knowledge workers begrudgingly use.
Kik has stockpiled 19,000 bots in the chat platform 'arms race'
The Bot Shop, where users of the chat app Kik go to get featured bots, recently surpassed 110 bots, the chat app announced today. And you wouldn’t know it by visiting the Bot Shop, but another 19,000 bots have also been made for the Kik platform.
Considering a bot a hammer, stop treating everything as a nail
The current state of the art is way far from the ideal human-like interaction we idealise.
So I accidentally broke a Skype messaging bot...
I was going to send some quick and dirty code to a friend but I mistakenly sent it to a Skype messaging bot. Hillarity ensues.
These 5 chatbots have saved people more than $10 million
We’ve all got bills to pay, fiscal responsibilities to meet, retirements to save for — and we need help.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Cyrano API - Make your Chat Bot Multilingual
Cyrano API enables your bot to speak multiple languages. You can make your bot chat in over 20 languages. Cyrano uses advanced machine translation to enable real time multilingual conversations and if the translation is not clear, Unbabel’s community of 40k+ translators comes to help.
Subscribe to the Events API — Slack Platform Blog
Imagine a mild-mannered onboarding app — it’s instructive, interactive and reactive, and in this case it is built on Slack. If you watch…
Making it easier to build and test Slack Apps
In conjunction with the launch of the Slack Events API and our new open source library Slapp, we released two new features of Beep Boop…
SONIC_~1.EXE (@sonic_sketches) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from SONIC_~1.EXE (@sonic_sketches). An automatic process procedurally generating a song every day. By @markwunsch.
How to Build Your Own Chat Bot in Slack
A blog about productivity, workflow automation, company building and how to get things done with less work.
I keep track of what’s shared by your team so you can stay focused on work.
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.
Even more bots! We’re hosting our second bot demo night to showcase more Slack, Facebook Messenger, and other platform bots. San Francisco.
Join us at Slack HQ for an evening of networking, learning, and yes, bots. Come for the delightful lineup of speakers to inspire your bot-building fancy, stay for the networking possibilities. We will also be offering a variety of both solid and liquid sustenance 🍖.
Why should I attend? 
Because new ideas and connections in the real world can be beneficial. 
We are creating a monthly space for developers, marketers, and entrepreneurs to discuss chatbots along with supporting technologies, platforms, and growth strategies.  
We’re looking for sponsors! If you’re interested, reply to this email. Thanks!
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