Bot! zine - Issue #82

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope your week is going well so far. I highly recommend checking out the sto
Bot! zine - Issue #82
By Bot! zine • Issue #82
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope your week is going well so far. I highly recommend checking out the story below, Why Chatbots Fail - I really love these kinds of highly-designed stories. 
Also, total self-promo, but I did an interview on product management for bots for Flowcap. Any other bot PMs out there on the mailing list? Would be fun to connect and share stories sometime!

Required Reading
Why chatbots fail
A brief story on why chatbots fail, and what you can do as a designer to
improve the user experience.
Google for Jobs: Opening the Door for Applicant Experience Chatbots
As applicant pools grow, recruiters’ needs will shift from, “How do I get applicants to apply to my jobs?” to “How do I engage this new and much larger applicant pool?” The application floodgates have opened and recruiters, already stretched thin, lack the bandwidth to engage.
Here’s where chatbots come in.
You Probably Think This Bot Is About You
When it comes to machines, paranoid assumptions about the world are mutually reinforcing: The New Inquiry’s Conspiracy Bot condenses this recursive symbiosis.
How to approach product management for bots
Today I’m talking to Veronica Belmont, a product manager at Growbot. Growbot helps you appreciate your colleagues and is specifically for teams which use Slack and Microsoft teams for communication. She joined as the first product manager and employee.
Tech Etiquette: The Real Reason You Need to be Polite to Alexa
At first, I thought that being polite to machines was a dumb idea. Especially after I read Alice Truong’s story on Quartz, Parents are worried the Amazon Echo is conditioning their kids to be rude, which says that by not encouraging our kids to be polite to machines, we were in fact teaching them that it’s ok to be rude to people.
Potbot uses artificial intelligence to find the best marijuana strain
Artificial intelligence is being used to improve banking, marketing, the legal field — and now to find which one of the more than 30,000 strains of medical marijuana is best for you.
Facebook Messenger bots are driving social change around the world
Chatbots for change: Facebook Messenger is allowing developers to make Facebook bots for social good.
Thoughts on building bots and buildings
Slack has an App Directory, not a Bot Directory. Instead of making everything a bot, we built tools to simplify bot development (like the Events API) but also tools to simplify app user experience within Slack channels (like buttons and menus and more coming soon). We love bots, but think the real value is in how software integrates with human conversations — whether or not it has a robot face.
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5 Machine Learning Startups To Improve Your Recruiting Workflow
Sam DeBrule co-founder of Journal and voice of the Machine Learnings Newsletter has curated a list of top startups using Machine Learning to automate work-related tasks.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
InspiroBot
InspiroBot
InspiroBot
I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.
Newfound Planets (@I_Find_Planets)
What distant worlds may be like. Or not. I’ll find you a planet if you say ‘please.’ An exoplanet bot by @cbquist.
Events
6/27 Breaking into Bots with Node.js, with Rachel White - Microsoft Makers & App Devs of New York City
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 NYC for what promises to be a very lively session and discussion.
6/28 Bot Builders' MeetUp: June - Bot Builder MeetUp (San Francisco, CA)
Expect outstanding views as well as the lively discussion you’ve come to know with the early leaders  of the Bot Ecosystem.
We will dig deep into fellow Bot Builders’ experiences with voice bots and get their advice on building voice interfaces and conversational design.
6/28 Chatbots, Coffee and Beer. Feel the vibe of our emerging field!! - Amsterdam Chatbots
As a follow up of our very succesful Chatbot Catchup meeting in May, we’ll be organising another Chatbot, Coffee & Café meetup in Amsterdam in June!!
During this informal meeting we’ll do a small research determining your future needs: what to expect from this group? Formalised sessions? Hackatons? Demonstrations? It’s all about your growth in this field.
6/29 Create a Chat Bot for Kik or Telegram - PyLadiesStockholm (Stockholm)
Learn how to build a chat bot with cutting edge engineering tools. Basic python knowledge is recommended. No other previous experience needed! Bring your laptop with Python installed, your phone and we can take it from there. We will go through useful concepts about software development and how to do quick but powerful prototypes for your ideas.
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