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  1. What are bots? Here’s the background.

    O’Reilly Bots Podcast: Why AI-driven chatbots are a big deal right now.We’re launching a new pop-up podcast about bots. In this first episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, I’m joined by Peter Skomoroch to talk background: why everyone is suddenly interested in bots and what they promise to do, and what sorts of applications are beginning to emerge.Bots have generated enormous interest in the last few months; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has even called bots "the new apps." Bots (not the robot kind) are bits of software that use artificial intelligence to converse in human terms.

    As AI improves and the app ecosystem stagnates, they promise to create new, sophisticated, low-friction interfaces to all sorts of transactions. You can already call an Uber car by talking to Amazon’s Echo, and you can send comments to Barack Obama through a Facebook Messenger bot. Any big organization that doesn’t have a bot yet will probably have one soon.

    If you’re interested in bots, be sure to check out O’Reilly Bot Day, a day-long program in San Francisco on October 19, 2016, that Pete and I are hosting. It’s for anyone who’s building bots, implementing bots, or thinking about bot strategy.

    Links

    Xiaoice, Microsoft’s popular Chinese-language bot

    X.ai, a scheduling bot. Daniel Tunkelang wrote about a conversation between X.ai and Clara, another AI scheduling assistant.

    Estherbot, a bot that answers basic questions about Esther Crawford’s resume.

    Howdy, automat.ai, api.ai, and wit.ai: good places to start for people interested in building their first bots

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/what-are-bots-heres-the-background

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  2. Jassim Latif on Workplace Bots

    The workplace is a rich venue for bots that help with productivity and collaboration. In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, Pete Skomoroch and I focus on workplace bots. We begin by talking with Jassim Latif, head of partnerships at Slack, about bots written by outside developers for scheduling, organizing meetings, and managing human resources. “We’re building toward a future where the value of these apps and services that people are building on top of Slack far outweigh the value of Slack on its own,” Latif says.

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  3. a16z Podcast: Bots and Beyond – Andreessen Horowitz

    So… about those bots. Bots bots bots. Bots!

    In this episode of the botcast, a16z partners Benedict Evans and Connie Chan — along with Chris Messina, longtime advocate of the open web and more — pull apart various threads related to the topic of bots, mobile, and beyond: the (evolution?) from web to apps to messaging to bots; chat as an interface; “conversational commerce”; and so on. They also discuss why framing messaging through the lens of WeChat both reveals useful things (what works/ might not work) and not-so-useful things (such as seeking the “WeChat of the West”).

    More importantly, how can we keep bots, and what they represent, in perspective — beyond the fad? Especially when it comes to considering innovation on the ‘web’ vs. ‘mobile’ (remember the mobile browser!) and when it comes to removing friction (vs. adding limited interaction). What contexts (like customer service) are most useful for thinking about bots? And how can we even know, given it’s early days yet and we haven’t moved much beyond the command-line interface…

    Finally, as computing moves outside the classic work-centric paradigm to room- and urban-scale, how do we think about integrating online and offline, ubiquitous and “diffuse” computing through bots?

    Related Stories

    On Chat Bots, Conversation, and AI as an Interface

    By Benedict Evans

    a16z Podcast: Messaging As the Interface to, Well, Everything

    By Connie Chan

    When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China

    By Connie Chan

    http://a16z.com/2016/04/18/bots-messaging-conversation-commerce/?ref=producthunt

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  4. Dennis Yang on bot analytics

    The O’Reilly Bots Podcast: Measuring interactions between bots and humans.In episode three of the O’Reilly Bots podcast, Pete Skomoroch and I speak with Dennis Yang, co-founder and chief product officer of Dashbot, an analytics platform for bots. Bots are a new way for humans to interact with computers, and require new ways of thinking about measurement.

    We discuss crucial differences between bots and conventional interfaces, how human writers are essential for setting the right tone in a bot, and why users ask bots to tell them jokes.Links

    GameMonk, games for Slack that Yang has worked on

    Streak, a trivia game in Facebook Messenger

    Redfoo’s Messenger bot

    Bot of the Week

    Pete and I walk through the Amazon Echo’s most compelling features and test out a few third-party plugins: Secret Keeper, Uber, Iris, SMS with Molly, Password Generator, and, of course, 4AFart.

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/dennis-yang-on-bot-analytics

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  5. Jassim Latif on workplace bots

    The O’Reilly Bots Podcast: Bots that can respond to groups of users.The workplace is a rich venue for bots that help with productivity and collaboration. In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, Pete Skomoroch and I focus on workplace bots. We begin by talking with Jassim Latif, head of partnerships at Slack, about bots written by outside developers for scheduling, organizing meetings, and managing human resources. “We’re building toward a future where the value of these apps and services that people are building on top of Slack far outweigh the value of Slack on its own,” Latif says.You might know that Skomoroch is CEO of a bot startup called Skipflag, but he hasn’t given any public demonstrations of the product he’s building—until now. Rover, Skipflag’s bot, scans messages from Slack and “turns conversations into knowledge,” Skomoroch says. In this episode of the podcast, Skomoroch shows off Rover’s integration with the Amazon Echo.

    Join us at O’Reilly’s upcoming Bot Day on October 19, 2016, in San Francisco for insight on messaging bots, business bots, and more.

    Bot of the week

    We discuss Allo, Google’s new messaging application that includes Google’s AI assistant—appropriately called Assistant. The bot provides structured Google search results in a chat interface, and its capabilities blur the line between voice bots and text-based bots.  Skomoroch calls it “the best bot I’ve seen so far.”

    Links

    Api.ai, recently acquired by Google

    Apple’s iOS 10, which includes new bot-friendly features in iMessage and Siri. Siri is also now available in macOS (Apple’s desktop operating system formerly known as OS X).

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/jassim-latif-on-workplace-bots

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  6. Joshua Browder on bots that fight bureaucracy

    The O’Reilly Bots Podcast: Can bots replace lawyers?In episode five of the O’Reilly Bots podcast, Pete Skomoroch and I speak with Joshua Browder, the 19-year old founder and CEO of DoNotPay, a series of bots that help people with legal issues, including challenging parking tickets, challenging bank charges, and claiming government assistance for homelessness. Dubbed “the world’s first robot lawyer,” his bots have attracted 260,000 users and provided 175,000 successful parking-ticket appeals.Browder will also be a featured speaker at O’Reilly Bot Day on October 19, 2016, in San Francisco.

    We discuss what happens when someone files a challenge through DoNotPay: the bot asks jurisdiction-based questions about the user’s specific circumstances, then goes through a decision tree to find the best possible defense, after which it creates a personalized challenge letter. We also cover the potential of these bots as replacements for lawyers; in fact, Browder is developing a legal platform that others can use to develop “lawyer bots.”

    Bot of the week

    Pete and I walk through some of the bots that Microsoft has released recently, including MurphyBot (“the robot with imagination”), which responds to hypothetical questions by delivering an image; Your Face, which analyzes a photo of your face and delivers an insult; and Summarize, which creates short summaries of articles. We also talk about How Old, last year’s precursor to Microsoft’s recent image-related bots.

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/joshua-browder-on-bots-that-fight-bureaucracy

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  7. The O’Reilly Bots Podcast: Tom Coates on conversational devices

    In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, I speak with Tom Coates, co-founder of Thington, a service layer for the Internet of Things. Thington provides a conversational, messaging-like interface for controlling devices like lights and thermostats, but it’s also conversational at a deeper level: its very architecture treats the interactions between different devices like a conversation, allowing devices to make announcements to any other device that cares to listen.

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/tom-coates-on-conversational-devices

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