Bot! zine - Issue #81

Some great responses to my question last week about bot therapists -- what's the right implementation
Bot! zine - Issue #81
By Bot! zine • Issue #81
Some great responses to my question last week about bot therapists – what’s the right implementation? 
I was speaking at a startup event yesterday and one of the audience asked if I could design a ‘FounderBot’ that can motivate you and pick you up on the inevitably tough days. So maybe a 'bot therapist’ could work well if it was niche, and could be targeted to the specific challenges that role/position often faces?
Indi Tansey - Codebots
And on Twitter, Benjamin Brandall had some ideas:
Just read Bot zine; I feel like an AI therapist is closer than we might think in terms of responding to patients but the natural language parsing would need to be extremely advanced. Thoughts? Are we close?
I don’t think so. I think we’re at the point where bots can ask some leading questions that could get people to think through their feelings, but I still (personally) wouldn’t trust a bot to make a solid diagnosis. But if you disagree, let me know!
p.s. The zine is going to start coming out on Tuesdays now, so don’t be ⏰ if you don’t see it in your inbox first thing Monday morning!

Required Reading
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Deal or no deal? Training AI bots to negotiate
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Apple takes on Facebook with its own Messages Bots
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The building blocks of a great Slack app
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New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Quartz's new Twitter bot, @TrumpOfYore, finds Trump tweets from the past
You can’t (yet, at least) build a bot with a sense of irony. But as John Keefe, our bot developer, explains, you can build one to compare new tweets with old ones and calculate how similar they are. Similar tweets have at least a chance of being on the same subject but contradictory—which are what we’re looking for.
Jaiden Mispy on Twitter:
Would anyone like to take over maintainership of twitter_ebooks? 💛  I haven’t touched the repo in ages but it still sees lots of active use
MachinaBot: Features
Enrich your incoming messages with contextual data. We have developed a rich set of add-ons, so you can dedicate your energy to what really matters: making great bots.
6/20 Breaking into Bots with Node.js, with Rachel White - Microsoft Makers & App Devs of New Jersey
Bots are the new apps! They are taking the world by storm across various channels, from popular apps like Slack, Facebook and Skype, to new devices powered by Cortana, Alexa and others. Join us for a brand new session to discuss why you should care about building bots and how you can do so using Node.js and the Microsoft Bot Framework. Rachel White joins us for the first time at MMAD NJ for what promises to be a very lively session and discussion.
6/23 Bot to bot communication: The next frontier - Bot Builder Meetup - Mumbai
Attend this Meetup and you will learn:
  • What is bot-to-bot communication
  • Implications of bot-to-bot communication
  • A demo of Interbot - a channel that enables bot-to-bot communication
6/25 Hackaday NYC June WORKSHOP: Lots of Bots •
Interested in bots and generated text + visuals? Join us for a Sunday afternoon of learning, jamming and collaborating.
6/26 Storytelling in the Age of Computer Conversation and Kik's Cryptocurrency Kin - NYC Bots and Artificial Intelligence
**Note that this is a TICKETED EVENT. To attend, you must confirm here and also RSVP on Eventbrite.  Signing up on Meetup alone does NOT guarantee admission.
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