Bot! zine - Issue #40

Some sad news to kick us off this week: Awesome.ai is shutting down. It's a bit sobering; startups ar
Bot! zine - Issue #40
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Some sad news to kick us off this week: Awesome.ai is shutting down.

It’s a bit sobering; startups are always tough, but there’s a lot of excitement and enthusiasm around the bot space right now. Many of us are trying to make real businesses out of them, and it won’t be easy.
Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom in the newsletter this week! Lots of interesting new bots, from President Obama himself to Marmaduke on psychedelics. I don’t make the news, kids, I only report it! ;)

Required Reading
Slack Fund-backed Awesome.ai shuts down
Ask the ethicist: Should bots get a byline?
How to Bot (a lesson for humans)
This Startup Is Teaching Chatbots Real Empathy
This new chatbot wants you to be able to talk directly with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
Will Chatbots and AI Replace Federal Customer Service Reps?
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
President Obama now has a Facebook Messenger bot
 This robot lawyer helps the newly evicted file for housing aid
Charity: Water on Facebook Messenger
dashbot.io support for kik
Pharmaduke (@pharmaduke3000)
Editing NewYorkTimes (@nyt_diff)
Events
8/16 AI ChatBots Israel 2016 August MeetUp - AI ChatBots Israel (Tel Aviv-Yafo)
8/16 Chat with the Pebble Core Team: The #1 Alexa Wearable - Chat Bots + AI Assistants SF (Alexa, Okay Google, Siri) (San Francisco, CA)
8/17 Build Your Own Chatbot - An Introduction to Azure Bot Framework and LUIS.ai - Austin Microsoft Developers (Austin, TX)
8/18 Bots over Breakfast - Product Hunt Durham 😺 (Durham, NC)
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