Bot! zine - Issue #72

Hello everyone! Lots of news this week about what Facebook is doing (or not doing) in the world of bo
Bot! zine - Issue #72
By Bot! zine • Issue #72
Hello everyone! Lots of news this week about what Facebook is doing (or not doing) in the world of bots. Do you feel like they’re supportive enough of the bot community that they helped spearhead? Let me know by replying to this email!

Required Reading
21 Bot Experts Share Their 2017 Predictions
We asked 21 bot experts, entrepreneurs, and executives to share their bot predictions for how bots will continue to evolve in the coming year.
Bing has a chatbot answering local search questions
Skype-powered chatbot is showing up as an assistant to help searchers learn about restaurants in the Seattle area.
Facebook tests free Workplace against Microsoft, Google, and Slack
Facebook is testing a free version of Workplace, its private social network for office workers, to better compete with Microsoft, Google, and Slack.
Facebook Messenger’s AI “M” suggests features to use based on your convos
Write “You owe me $20” and Messenger will suggest you use its payments feature. If someone says “goodbye”, Messenger will recommend a “bye-bye” GIF. 
After analyzing 2,837,825 messages with 27,853 users from 21 bots we’ve been able to find some common mistakes that killed the user experience immediately.
Build a hybrid human + AI messaging experience on Slack
Our journey building Wordhop on Slack’s platform began in the spring of 2016. We started with a simple bot monitoring service that sent alerts to a Slack channel anytime our bot was unable to communicate with users. We could also drill down and get some basic reporting with charts and graphs. Our goal was to get real-time insights, identify bottlenecks, and make adjustments to our conversational experience.
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Announcing the Slack Platform Eurotour! – Slack Platform Blog – Medium
The Slack Platform team is coming to Europe, bringing together programmers, founders, and bot makers who are building the future of work.
Converse.AI, in partnership with Actions on Google, have launched the easiest and simplest way to build a voice bot, for any business, without the need to write any code.
Remember chat bots? Facebook plans to double down after disappointing start
After last year’s underwhelming debut, Messenger boss says we’re ‘in it for the long haul.’
Stripe Integration: Your Company’s Financial Metrics in Slack
Today we’re happy to release the integration with Stripe — the most popular platform for online payments. Now Statsbot can tell your revenue, number of active customers, new subscribers, and so on.
AI personalization will surely evolve in the coming years, as my virtual personal assistant (VPA) will not only order for me, but will know my preferences — toppings and crust type, days and times — as well as keeping track of special events and needs.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Chat & Slash
An RPG in Slack? Thank GOD, right? Someone finally decided to make a USEFUL Slack bot. Just join the Chat & Slash team and get in on the fun, instantly. Well, almost instantly. We’re still working on it.
editbot tweets edits to wikipedia articles linked from a particular page. editbot needs you to put a few things in a config file to start working.
Gupshup InterBot tool makes bots that speak to each other | VentureBeat | Bots | by Khari Johnson
Bot and messaging communication company Gupshup announced today the beta release of InterBot, a tool for bot-to-bot communication.
Recast.AI 2.0 - Product Hunt
We’re thrilled to be back with a completely new version of Recast.AI, your collaborative end-to-end bot platform, made by developers for developers.
If we started as an natural language processing (NLP) API, we quickly grew into a bot building platform, but wanted to go further. We wanted to be the collaborative bot platform where you find everything you need to build your bot
Building the Future of the Twitter API Platform
Chris Moody of Twitter: “Now, it will be easier to build customer engagement experiences in Direct Messages, whether delivered by humans or chatbots.”
Events
4/11 Build a Better Bot - UI / UX Best Practices - Dashbot Bot Meetup - San Francisco New Technology
Are you building bots? Join us to learn best practices in UI/UX for bots and have your bot reviewed by top consultant, Stefan Kojouharov.
4/11 Bots are the new Apps - Node.js OC (Irvine, CA)
Building a Conversation Bot in Node.js using the Microsoft Bot Framework (https://www.BotFramework.com). In this session, Daniel and Justine will walk you through the steps necessary to build a bot using node.js on multiple platforms including Skype, Slack, Facebook, Kik, SMS, and more. We will also discuss using LUIS and artificial intelligence Natural Language Processor.
4/13 Bots, Bites & Blabber: How Design is Set to Change! (Fireside Chat) - Creative Frontiers (Singapore)
Let’s start the year-off by delving into some casual discussion around how the design profession is set to change! After that, choose to stay on to find out more about Creative Frontiers’ upcoming projects.
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