Bot! zine - Issue #48

Some of you may have the day off this Monday here in the States, so hopefully you can spend some time
Bot! zine - Issue #48
By Bot! zine • Issue #48
Some of you may have the day off this Monday here in the States, so hopefully you can spend some time getting caught up on your bot reading! 
Remember to keep sending me in your favorite new bots, tools, and events coming up, and I’ll make sure to add them into the newsletter.

Required Reading
Samsung is making a big move in artificial intelligence with the acquisition of Viv.
Chatbots can be fun, however they do not give the user a magical experience. Can the Botmaker community do better?
Meet Thington, the cheery British universal remote for your smart home.
Could text-based chatbots be about to take over from the all-conquering smartphone app?
How chatbots can teach us to learn what people need when designing products and services.
Compared to the never-ending abyss of “do sh*t for me” bots, Jessie stands alone. A fully developed character that you can interact with…
3 things I learned at the Talkabot chatbot conference
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Experience the first vacation destination where you can live without limits.
Developers and the rest of the world will soon be able to make bots that interact with Google Assistant and new Google devices made public, the company said today in a special presentation in San Francisco.
Learn a Language with Conversational Bots!
Integrate Drift’s live chat with your knowledge base software, including Help Scout, Helpjuice, WordPress, or Zendesk.
Events
This is our first meetup! Hope you can attend and kick this off! Here’s the agenda: • Share a drink and introduce yourself. • What is Conversational UI? 
By now, you’ve probably heard all the rage about bots and voice-controlled interfaces. With new platforms emerging such as Facebook chat bot, Slackbot, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc. 
Second wednesday of every month, we’re having our Bots and Brains Happy hour at House of Brews. Come catch up on the latest in AI, Robotics, and Neuroscience over some cocktails with friends.
The first Talkabot Conference in Austin was amazing! It featured a variety of expert speakers ranging from chatbot builders to tool makers to luminaries from adjacent industries.
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.
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