We were having a really interesting discussion on Botmakers.org last week about the ethics of having an Alexa-type bot in constant communication with your kids. Some say it’s the natural progression of technology, others (like myself) are worried about the ways this kind of technology can be abused.
Curious to know what your thoughts are! Email me back here, or send us a tweet at @botwikidotorg and let us know your thoughts! The article is down below in Required Reading.
At their best, these digital placard-holders have a two-fold edge over their fleshy, human counterparts. First, their sheer volume. Bots can shout constantly, tirelessly and indefinitely; in other words, they can be inhumanly loud.
Pope Francis in bot form is kind of funny. To be clear, the pope isn’t exactly Louis C.K. There’s no stand-up schtick, but the bot does serve up thumbs up shots of the pope and a GIF of him trying (and failing) to catch a baseball, followed by a self-deprecating joke.
As an IT community, we’re at an inflection point. User problems are getting harder to solve and user expectations are changing. The time is right for disruption… and conversational assistants may be the answer.