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

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  1. 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.

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  2. Ben Brown on bot tools

    The O’Reilly Bots Podcast: An optimistic look at the future of bots.In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, Pete Skomoroch and I speak with Ben Brown, co-founder and CEO of, the bot toolmaker behind the Botkit framework. Brown also runs the Talkabot conference, which was held in Austin this past September. Discussion points:

    The types of bots that people are building and experimenting with on Botkit

    How the evolution of bots compares to the evolution of mobile apps

    The strikingly collegial bots community: Brown cites the contributions that IBM and Microsoft have made to Botkit

    Praise for new types of bots, including notification bots (such as Poncho), what Brown calls “unfurling content” bots (such as Purple), and bots that open channels to discussions with humans

    Thington, an Internet of Things platform that functions like a chatroom for micro-bots connected to different home devices

    Other links:

    The Harvard Business Review bot, which sends out advice articles

    Bloomberg article on Slack’s partnership with IBM to build chatbots

    IBM’s “World of Watson” event, held in October

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  3. 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.


    Xiaoice, Microsoft’s popular Chinese-language bot, a scheduling bot. Daniel Tunkelang wrote about a conversation between and Clara, another AI scheduling assistant.

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

    Howdy,,, and good places to start for people interested in building their first bots

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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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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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  7. Pete Skomoroch on the Current State and Future Potential of Bots

    This week on the Radar Podcast, we’re featuring the first episode of the newly launched O’Reilly Bots Podcast, which you can find on Stitcher, iTunes, SoundCloud and RSS. O’Reilly’s Jon Bruner is joined by Pete Skomoroch, the co-founder and CEO of Skipflag, to talk about bots—about what’s driving the sudden interest, what we can expect from the technology, and some interesting emerging applications.

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