Bot! zine - Issue #57

Happy Monday, everyone! This will be the last issue until the New Year, but botmakers.org will remain
Bot! zine - Issue #57
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Happy Monday, everyone! This will be the last issue until the New Year, but botmakers.org will remain (as always) open for bot talk! Since we’re coming up on the holidays, we’re a little slow in the events department, but there’s still tons of fresh stories in the newsletter this week!
Personally, my company Growbot was featured on the Slack Platform Blog this week, accompanied by a video I shot with Slack about how we make our monetization decisions (spoiler – they come from customer feedback!). 
Keep those articles coming by emailing me or posting in the #news channel on the Slack! Happy Holidays!

Required Reading
Kevin Kelly: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | TED Talk
Bot Wars: Wit.ai vs Chatfuel
Chatbots And VR Lead This Season's Top Tech Trends In Retail
Animatronic Elephants and Other Bot Design Revelations
How Will Blockchain and Chatbots Be Our Everyday Future
Microsoft to open Cortana virtual assistant to third-party devices and apps
Microsoft will give Skype chatbots a voice next year
80% Of Marketing Leaders Say Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Marketing By 2020
Fueling Growbot – Slack Platform Blog
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Bot connector
More Ways to Make Smart Bots
rasa NLU: Open-source bot tool for natural language understanding
Yogi | End your day with a smile.
Events
12/19 Bot Builders Meet Up: Designing Voice & User Interfaces - Bot Builder MeetUp (San Francisco, CA)
12/20 Botmas drinks 🎄 - Messaging Bots London
12/20 Ekim Nazim Kaya, Founder of chatbot co. Botégo & author - ONLINE Slack #AMA Q&A - Chatbots New York City and Global Meetup (New York, NY)
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