Bot! zine - Issue #67

It's another beautiful Monday morning in the land of bots! Hope you had a great weekend.I definitely
Bot! zine - Issue #67
By Bot! zine • Issue #67
It’s another beautiful Monday morning in the land of bots! Hope you had a great weekend.
I definitely recommend trying out the interactive article immediately below the intro here this week. I saw it posted by Chris Messina on Twitter, and I think it’s a pretty innovative new method for storytelling. It was also somewhat distracting, but maybe we’re less bothered by that kind of thing these days!
Let me know what you think – as always, reply back to this email with any suggestions for the newsletter, I love hearing from you!

Required Reading
via Chris Messina 🦅 on Twitter: “Check out what might be the first conversational article of its kind.”
PullString is pleased to announce support for Actions on Google.
Algorithms are being used to offer help to Facebook users who appear to be considering killing themselves.
After a tough 10 months creating and developing a cross-platform chatbot (chatcat :) ) we finally reached one spectacular goal: 100.000 users! To celebrate this great number of 100.000 unique users we want to give you an insight into our precious secret usage statistics — and share five fun facts about our project.
Should robots pay taxes?
It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a “robot tax” are gaining momentum.
Octane AI has hit a milestone four months after introducing its bot creation platform to the world. The company announced today that it is moving out of private beta and is giving the 10,000 people on its waitlist access to the service. In addition, a new feature has been launched — called Convos — which provides a way to take blog posts and convert them into a form made specifically for bots within Facebook Messenger.
Many parents have been startled and intrigued by the way these disembodied, know-it-all voices — Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft’s Cortana — are impacting their kids’ behavior, making them more curious but also, at times, far less polite.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
filling out the okcupid signup form with suggestions from bing
This changelog covers what’s changed in the Messenger Platform APIs. These changes include server-side APIs, web plugins, mobile apps and other services.
Your one stop shop for discovering chatbots.
Almir Bijedic builds a chatbot to hold daily scrum meetings via Skype. Learn to use Microsoft Bot Framework and Node to connect to multiple chat networks.
Events
This workshop won’t be a step-by-step Python introduction. Instead we will build something useful and fun, while learning some basic Python concepts along the way. No previous Python knowledge is required.
I’m happy to tell you that we’re having our first meetup. It will be a casual meet and greet, and we’ll chat about the latest and greatest in chatbots. We’ll also have a couple devices connected to large screens, so we can test out the newest in chatbots. Lastly, to keep us going, there will be free beer and snacks.
We’ll be showcasing the latest bot innovations, how platforms are responding to the messaging challenge, and how we can all  keep our businesses, projects and clients at the cutting edge of marketing and technology.
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