Bot zine - Issue #46

A few items before we get started:🎉 We hit 2,000 members on! 🎉Well, we're actually at 2
Bot zine - Issue #46
By Bot! zine • Issue #46
A few items before we get started:
🎉 We hit 2,000 members on! 🎉
Well, we’re actually at 2,030 now, but Stefan and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone in the Slack, sharing their ideas and helping other botmakers. It’s been a ton of fun, so if you haven’t visited lately make sure you log in and say hi! I’m super proud of this community.
Secondly, thanks to everyone who sent in their bots, news articles, and event info for the newsletter this week! I put out the call, and you responded. I love having this be a collaborative effort, so reply back to this email with whatever you’d like to share!
Finally, a reminder that we’re streaming out first ever botmaking workshop! RSVP here for the YouTube Live stream.

Required Reading
LinkedIn planning to make messaging smarter with their new bot
In their press event today, LinkedIn said that they saw a 240 percent increase in the number of messages sent, and half of their active members are using t
Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?
“It’s important that the bot seems like it can see the world from someone else’s perspective in order to build a foundation of trust,” Brauer said.
People are more likely to be honest to a service that doesn’t judge and have too many human qualities.
Chat Bots Aren’t a Fad. They’re a Revolution.
It’s a rare moment when it becomes clear that a technological revolution is upon us, and I believe we’re in the midst of one such transition right now. Even if you haven’t realized it yet, bots are everywhere.
Operator harnesses chatbots, humans, and $15M to sell US goods to China
With a little personal shopping assistance, Operator thinks Chinese citizens will pounce on American products sold through its conversational shopping app…
Google acquires natural language understanding startup
Google today said that it’s acquired, a startup with tools for speech recognition and natural language understanding. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Andy Mauro on bot platforms and tools
In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, Pete Skomoroch and I speak with Andy Mauro, co-founder and CEO of Automat, a startup whose tools make it easy to build AI-powered bots.
Bots: What I Learned at Botcamp Day
tl;dr: bots are deeplinks, watch out for iMessage, Facebook is being deliberate and careful with its platform
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Wonk, the 2016 Presidential Debate Bot
I will let you know when the debates are about to start…
I know you want to keep up with 2016 election, but I also know that you just haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet. That’s what I’m here for. I will be the friend that lets you know when to tune in to the debates.
Twitterbot simply retweets people writing "your an idiot"
@whostheidiotnow maintains a carefully curated selection of tweets: ones where the author types the exact phrase “your an idiot.” One man’s automated blocklist is another’s breakfast entertainment! [via @saladinahmed]
Carla is the world’s first conversational agent for all things automotive. Carla provides expert, unbiased advice, backed by machine learning and near infinite data.
A Botmakers Member Project!
Meet Sure, your new best friend on Facebook Messenger
Sure is a chatbot on Facebook Messenger that helps you find food and drink that you can feel good about. No more searching or app downloads, get started now!
Momento - Share your memories as GIFs in iMessage. (iPhone, GIFs, and iMessage Apps)
Twitter bot maker and enthusiast Bradley Momberger is taking beginners through the basics of doing amazing automated art and literature through Twitter, without the hard programming or tedious hosting setup. 

Using Twitter and freely available tools, attendees will set up their own accounts and have three bots up and running by the workshop’s end. 
This free online workshop will be hosted on October 1st (Saturday) at 3pm EST, via YouTube Live.
Behind every new bot, conversational UI, or AI system are people working at the intersection of design, data, and technology. This day is all about them.
Humanity.AI, a single-track conference chock full of talks with designers, animators, engineers, researchers, and product folks who are keeping humanity at the forefront of AI advancements.
9/29 Chicago bot builders 1.1 - Word Embeddings and Slackbots! - Chicago Bot Builders
Join us for the second installment of Chicago Bot Builders on Thursday, September 29 at 6pm at mHUB. The event will feature two presentations and an hour of networking!
The event will be in the main g
Chatbots are everywhere right now, but there’s a problem. Almost every article is telling you about a particular bot, or the future implications of chatbots. That’s fine, but where are the instructions on how to build chatbots, what they can do to help your business, how to set them up for success, and what the market opportunity is?
Israel Chatbot & AI Summit
ICAS 2016 is the first international chatbot & artificial intelligence summit to be held in Israel. ​
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