Bot! zine - Issue #41

Abbreviated newsletter, as I was out in the woods with no data connection for the better part of the
Bot! zine - Issue #41
By Bot! zine • Issue #41
Abbreviated newsletter, as I was out in the woods with no data connection for the better part of the week (*GASP!*). Some great stories though, and I’m especially excited about @jbrowder1’s DoNotPay bot arriving in San Francisco eventually to help dispute parking tickets. It’s one of the best cases, in my opinion, of a bot really serving to take some of the annoyance out of life, and he’s just getting started
Have a great week everyone, and I’ll see you on Botmakers!

Required Reading
The bot that beat 170,000 tickets launches in Seattle next week, San Francisco next
Joshua Browder believes parking tickets are a tax on the poor and really wants to make bots that help them. That’s why his free bot DoNotPay that fights parking tickets launches in Seattle next week.
Facebook fights Messenger spam with Asimov’s three rules of bots
The big risk of Facebook launching the Messenger platform was that spammy bots could drown out your friends. Now Facebook is formalizing rules to prevent that..
The Big, Fat Myth About Bots
Kik founder Ted Livingston says bot developers are too obsessed with making bots you can chat to.
AI, Bots, and Canvases, Part II: Cortana to rule the world
Each major platform has a digital assistant. Apple has Siri. Android has Google Now. Windows has Cortana — part of Microsoft’s uniquely industry-wide solutions. As Office rules productivity, Cortana is being positioned to rule as an intelligent platform for the age of bots.
Bots will save us from info overload, Slack and Box CEOs say
The programs could help answer questions employees are too embarrassed to ask.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Build a serverless Slack app and bot with IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk and API Connect
I’ll show you how to build a serverless Slack app, or at least the foundation for a great app. (I’ll save showing you how to build the killer Slack app for another post.)
Why is The New York Times so afraid of my chatbot?
Last week my cooking chatbot, JULIA, received a cease and desist letter from an attorney at The New York Times. It read:
Updated Messenger Platform Policies and Faster Review Times
At Messenger, we’re committed to enabling high-quality experiences for developers, businesses, and the people they serve. Today, we’re launching new policies for the Messenger Platform as well as a faster review process. 
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.
8/23 Hands On Workshop - Creating bots with the Microsoft Bot Framework - LA Chat Bot Meetup (Los Angeles, CA)
Botmasters! Our loyal sponsor Microsoft will be hosting a workshop at Cross Campus Downtown with evangelists Daniel Egan & Bret Stateham teaching you how to build a bot. This is a great way to get prepared for the Botathon coming up on September 10-11th in Santa Monica. 
While many of the early bots have been simple bots with limited capabilities, we're now starting to see advanced bots emerging.
By advanced bots, we mean bots focused on business-critical use-cas
Eventbrite - Slack presents Slack Devs: Events API Edition - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Slack HQ, San Francisco, CA. Find event and ticket information.
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