Bot! zine - Issue #88

Hello everyone! I had an interesting question posed to me this week. I met with a high school student
Bot! zine - Issue #88
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Hello everyone! 
I had an interesting question posed to me this week. I met with a high school student (Hi, Katie!) who asked about the ethics of using bots to handle some of our day-to-day interactions – in this particular case, I had used x.ai to schedule our in-person meeting. She admitted that she felt a little put off by having been passed off to a bot to find a time to meet. 
I was startled! Maybe because in the tech world, I’ve been passed off to someone’s executive assistant for meeting scheduling so many times, that I didn’t even think of it. But maybe it was more about it being done through a bot rather than a human, and that I didn’t explain the situation before doing the handoff. 
I’m not sure what the etiquette here is! Should we always let people know they’re about to talk to a bot? Is it the bot’s job to let them know? Let me know your thoughts by responding back!
p.s. If you’re interested in attending Slack Frontiers, I have a discount code posted in the events section below. Come say hi!

Required Reading
Conversational Commerce: Beyond the Hype
Podcast: The Fascinating World of Linguistics, Emoji and Conversational AI
Pretend to Be a Bot, Rehumanize the Web | Akademie Schloss Solitude: Schlosspost
Poncho weather service picks up $2.4 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners
How Bots Can Supercharge Your Startup’s Funnel
Baidu's ambitious plan for 'everyone on this planet' to use its conversational AI DuerOS
10 ways how designing a chat bot is different from designing an app
Beyond bots: Bringing software into workplace conversations
@aloebud creator @amberdiscko shares 4 Twitter bots to brighten your timeline
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
BannedBooks_bot (@BannedBooks_bot)
Destroy This Statue (@destroystatue)
Events
Frontiers by Slack Sept 12-13
8/30 Everything you need to know before implementing chatbots for your business - IOT Round Table Chicago
8/31 Millionaire's Mixer: Road to 1 Million Bot Messages -  San Francisco New Technology
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