Bots are hot news right now, but what gives? Why should we care? What can they do for us? In I like Big Bots, and I Cannot Lie we look at what Facebook and Micrsoft have planned and also provide some reading.
Facebook – what bots can do for you
Programming a Facebook Messenger Bot
This duo spend an hour making an attempt at speed-pair-programming a Facebook Messenger Bot in an hour. From no clue of the Facebook Developer documentation on Messenger Bots – to having SOMETHING live in production.
Probably spending most of the time trying to log in to the production environment. And deploying. All the FUN of funfunfunctioning!
Note: Stockholm Hotline is now offline because Facebook does not provide a way to revoke webhook keys. Sorry about that.
- Background on the telecommunication hot line (in Swedish, use Google Translate): https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heta_li…)
- Facebook Developers Messenger Bot Getting Started guide: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/…
- Node.js hosting service Modulus: https://modulus.io/
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella about Future Developments Bots Apps
Check out Microsoft’s Bot Framework – https://dev.botframework.com/
Other reading on bots
- How to prevent a plague of dumb chatbots (MIT)
- The Humans hiding behind the chatbots (Bloomberg)
- The limits of bots (re/code)
- The Economist Explains (The Economist)
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