Bot! zine - Issue #86

Happy Tuesday, everyone! How is your week going so far? Had to really dig for events this week -- may
Bot! zine - Issue #86
By Bot! zine • Issue #86
Happy Tuesday, everyone! How is your week going so far? Had to really dig for events this week – maybe everyone is on summer vacation? Who knows. Bots don’t need a vacation, which is funny and also terrifying.

Required Reading
Chatbots and artificial intelligence bots are shedding outdated gender male and female stereotypes to go genderless
If Apple’s Siri launched today, one wonders if it would still be designed as a slightly sassy, demure female assistant. Maybe not. While Amazon’s Alexa (2014), Siri (2011), and Microsoft’s Cortana (2013, named after a nude character in the video game Halo) staked out their identities years ago, the world is changing. 
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How We Built a Virtual Scheduling Assistant at Microsoft
You don’t need to be an AI expert to build smarter software.
The Role of Emotional Intelligence in AI
Texting and chatting have become so ingrained in our daily lives that, these days, most people get genuinely upset when they receive phone calls. 
4 reasons bots won't replace data scientists anytime soon
Today, it’s all about the data-driven enterprise. Companies are collecting more data than ever, and decision-making is now heavily based on insights from all of that data. Primarily, the person in charge of putting together these valuable insights has been the data scientist, driving up the demand for data scientists worldwide.
How I Built a Twitter Bot Using Auth0 Webtasks and Data.gov
Learn how to use Auth0 Webtasks to build a twitter bot that pulls data from Data.gov and does sentiment analysis.
My neural network wouldn’t stop repeating the same corny knock-knock jokes, so I #shutdowntheAI
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Collect.chat — Automate chat widget — Replace web forms
An automated chat widget for collecting data on your website.
TetherBot · The most popular AI powered network in the world
Building a meaningful network is normally full of stress, effort, and frustration. We make it easy and fun.
Messenger Platform 2.1 Brings New Tools to Enrich Conversations
Since announcing Messenger Platform 2.0 in April of this year, we’ve received great feedback from businesses and developers alike. While we’re pleased with the progress, we’re still continuing to listen to our business partners and our developer community on how we can make Messenger even better.
Make a Twitter bot that tweets random images (with node.js) | botwiki
Learn how to make a simple Twitter bot that posts random images.
Events
8/1 #BotTO August Meetup @ Shopify 🤖 - #BotTO -- Messaging, Chatbots & AI (Toronto, ON)| Meetup
We are excited to announce that our next meetup will be held on Tuesday August 1st 2017 at Shopify’s Toronto headquarters. We have special keynotes from Kik and Microsoft who will be talking about upcoming products.
Ryan Compton (Head of Applied Machine Learning at Clarifai) shares how to create a visual artificial intelligent (AI) system that gives machines the ability to identify and classify images. Jeff Smith (Founder of John Done) demonstrates how to build intelligent support agents bots that can ask questions on your behalf whether to humans or IVR phone trees – no more call waiting or mind-numbing phone menus!
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