Bot! zine - Issue #47

Thanks everyone who came out to watch our first livestreamed tutorial! You can view the archived vers
Bot! zine - Issue #47
By Bot! zine • Issue #47
Thanks everyone who came out to watch our first livestreamed tutorial! You can view the archived version here on YouTube. If you’d be interested in hosting a tutorial of your own via Botwiki, let us know!
Tons of great stories this week! Remember to keep sending in your favorite bots so I can include them in the list (sure, even ones you’ve made!). Just reply to this email. 
Have a great week!

Required Reading
Say hello to the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.
Amazon announced the Alexa Prize this morning, a challenge to create a bot able to have an engaging 20-minute conversation with humans. The winning team gets $500,000 and a $1 million prize for their university.
Why are we so intent on making our bots talk like humans?
When robots take over the world, they may end up spouting the kind of quick-paced dialogue that makes Romance novels and thrillers the most popular genres among readers.
When Jessie Humani made its debut in April, it was a young white woman with straight reddish-brown hair in a tank top and pair of sunglasses. About a month ago she became a racially ambiguous young woman with hoop earrings, curly hair, and a nose ring.
Last summer, eight startups went to camp to make bots more productive and rewarding for consumers and businesses.
More than 45,000 developers are now using the Microsoft Bot Framework, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Monday. This makes it one of the most popular ways to create a bot, in part because of its versatility.
Howdy is a friendly Slack bot that runs your team’s meetings. Howdy was early to the Slack platform, and has many (well deserved!) fans…
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
New Messaging API Announced and Officially Provided to Developers
im a bot what explores fields of flowers - by @Objelisks
Get a Jelly answer without leaving Twitter
We’re bringing the knowledge of the Jelly community directly to you.
The PullString Platform offers a professional authoring environment, hosted AI and machine learning runtime, and integrated conversation analytics to enterprises, agencies, and startups across verticals as diverse as entertainment, customer service, travel, automotive, health and fitness, finance, human resources, and IoT.
Our next meetup will focus on the impact of bots on recruitment / staffing. Hosted at The Smokestack, Magnolia Brewery - great ribs, brisket, and beers brewed on-site will be served.
There is much to learn from other chatbot products and the multiple approaches that organizations have when developing their bot initiatives.
To launch our first Sydney Bots Meetup we’ve got 2 great talks lined up… Talk 1 - The principles of good conversational experiences.
Fellow Botmasters! The time has come for the Los Angeles tech community to come together to collaborate and create meaningful projects involving bots on messaging platforms.
BotBeat: The state of chatbots - How to win
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?
CHATBOT SUMMIT is the first international chatbot & artificial intelligence summit to be held at the David InterContinental hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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.
Email me if you’d like to talk about sponsorship opportunities!
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