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
By Bot! zine • Issue #57
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
“The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable,” says digital visionary Kevin Kelly – and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do.
It’s hard to choose between the ever growing number of tools available for building chatbots. Now — there is no perfect solution. So we need to learn to prioritise what’s most important for a chatbot…
Technology is playing an ever-important role in the shopping side of the holiday season, with virtual reality and artificial intelligence leading the charge for 2016.
At Sync Project, we have deep roots in music, science, technology, and design. Our mission is music as medicine; we want to decode music’s mysterious influence on our minds and bodies, to enable…
We live in a digital age in which we can’t imagine life without a smartphone or a computer. And we’re constantly seeking to simplify our lives using technology while decreasing uncertainty at the same time.
Microsoft is making Cortana available to third-party device makers, and opening up the platform to third-party developers, too.
Not content with just stuffing Cortana into your home appliances, Microsoft now wants you to have real conversations with needy Skype bots.
While 80% of marketing leaders say AI is the future of marketing, there is still much work to be done as only 10% are currently using it.
My name is Justin, and I’m the co-founder and head of customer success for Growbot — a messaging bot on a mission to build better relationships at work through more frequent team appreciation.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Connect your bot to any channel
Today we’re excited to announce we are releasing two new offerings designed to make it easier for you to create smart bots. Here’s a bit more about each:
A drop-in replacement for popular NLP tools like wit.ai, api.ai or LUIS
Yogi. End your day the right way. Yogi will ask every member of your team what
they were grateful for that day, and publish it on your Slack at the end of the day!
Events
Join us in celebrating 2016 - Year of the Bots!
We have gathered world experts in VUI / UX on how best to design your bot for the last MeetUp of the year.
We recently added voice activated actions for
Ho ho ho! 🎅
Christmas is almost here but there's still time for one final meetup to enjoy a cup of festive cheer.
No speakers or slide decks, just chance to get merry with your favourite 🤖 peop
For our very first Slack #AMA (Ask Me Anything Q&A) we have an amazing guest for the group, Ekim Nazim Kaya. Ekim is founder of a hugely success chatbot company and also an upcoming author. He is
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