Bot! zine - Issue #42

I'm kicking things off this week with Werner Herzog's thoughts on artificial intelligence, because ho
Bot! zine - Issue #42
By Bot! zine • Issue #42
I’m kicking things off this week with Werner Herzog’s thoughts on artificial intelligence, because how could I not. If you haven’t read his perspective on Pokémon Go, it’s also well-worth your time, believe me.
Both Botness and Sandi Macpherson of Quibb have surveys out seeking participants in the bot community, so scroll down to help some of your fellow Botmakers
See you next week!

Required Reading
Over the course of his 50-year filmmaking career, director and documentarian Werner Herzog has often explored humanity’s complicated relationship with nature. His newest release, funded by an internet security company — Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World —examines the changing roles technology plays in our lives.
The new paradigm for human-bot communication
Chatbots offer the promise of frictionless access to goods, services and information, but creating effective bots can be deceptively tricky.
AI's, Bots and Canvases Part IV: The war is on! Microsoft is not alone
The way Microsoft talks about their work in AI and bots might make you think that they’re the only ones doing those things. But that would be a mistaken assumption.
How the biggest bot platforms, startups, and investors are working on common tech standards
It’s early days for bots, but based on what is being made, VB Insights believes the bot landscape is made up of more than 170 companies who have received more than $4 billion in funding.
I can’t remember my first Google search. An educated guess based on how I used the internet in my mid-teens would narrow it down to searching for MSN Messenger, BBC online revision quizzes or eBay.
Chat bots – the new craze unlikely to live up to the hype
First thing first, why are chat bots so hot today? There are two main reasons: new sources of revenue and integrations, and the promise of keeping 100% (or close to 100%) of the revenue generated by app transactions.
Micro apps are taking over, one small step at a time
You may not have realized it, but you’ve probably been using micro apps for a while. Google set the trend in action when it started using AI to deliver interactive cards in response to certain search queries.
New Bots, Tools, Directories, and How-tos:
Building a bot has become easier than ever with so many tools and resources available online. But I still find people struggling to get started. Having successfully launched my own bot called Engazify on the Slack app store, I have a few tips that will come in handy when you are building your own bot.
Even if you don’t code that often!
Track which chatbots are getting the most funding
Botness wants you!
At a messaging or bot startup? Make your needs heard to Facebook, Slack, Kik, Microsoft and Google by taking the survey here! Responses are due by 9/1/2016.
Bot building - Best Practices
Sandi Macpherson has a few questions about your bots!
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!
Bots are promising to be next big revolution after mobile apps.  Having the power Artificial Intelligence, we can implement very interesting scenarios utilizing the power of Microsoft Azure.
8/30 Machine Learning and Bots with Lilian Kasem - Advance in your career - Udacity London Meetup (London, England)
We’re very pleased to announce that our next meetup will not only feature Lilian Kasem, Tech Evangelist at Microsoft, but also beer and pizza. 
Please do RSVP - we’re at Google Campus so lots of us can get together but places are still limited - thanks!
Let’s get together for a hack night and hack on the Microsoft Bot Framework! What is the Microsoft bot framework? It allows you to build and connect intelligent bots to interact with your users naturally wherever they are, from text/sms to Skype, Slack, Office 365 mail and other popular services.
Join us for a JavaScript Developer Meet Up. We will be hosting a JavaScript Bot Challenge with a $1500 cash prize. Bring your colleagues and friends! You can participate in the challenge by yourself or with a team (of up to 5 people).
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