Botwiki Updates #1
Botwiki had tremendous first three months. Yes, the site is three months old now, which is a bit hard for me to believe.
Some of the major recent updates are:
- An events page, a great idea by Terian Koscik, who also hosted a recent Build-a-Bot workshop.
- I made a neat little Submit Your Bot page/form, which is now semi-automated thanks to Hugo (well done, Hugo!)
- Many sections of the site were re-organized into sub-categories, it’s much easier to browse them now
- Many parts of the site have been improved, like the search functionality (most updates are “under the hood” improvements that just make the overall experience better)
And people started using the bot submission form to add their bots, which is pretty nice. The site can finally start growing to its full potential!
Some of the new bots from last week:
- @muffinista turned the Wayback Machine into a bot; read more about it on his site.
- @hologramvron made a planet generator
- @dscovr_epic tweets images of Earth, a bot by Russ Garrett
- Ben Brown and friends announced Howdy, “your new digital coworker for Slack”.
- @swayandsea is here to remind us of our own mortality
- @onethingplease, a Twitter bot by @vasilis, will give you anything you want, if you ask politely
- And a very freshly made @needsref by Allison Parrish will catalogue the failed assertions of Wikipedia
Last week was pretty eventful, with three different meetups happening.
- the first ATX Bot Talk
- a Journocoders workshop
- and since the 2015 Bot Summit was delayed, a few of the #botALLY folks threw together a small meetup in NYC
Finally, the first Botwiki Interview! Botwiki Interviews is a series of interviews that introduce the members of the botmaking community.
- Auto-Generating Clickbait With Recurrent Neural Networks by Lars Eidnes
- Sampling a Dataset to Maximize Diversity by Leonard Richardson
- Bot Techniques: The Wandering Monster Table by Leonard Richardson
- Humans prefer ‘flawed’ robots, study finds (The Telegraph)
- This News Writing Bot Is Now Free for Everyone (WIRED)
- Staying Human in the Robot Age (Harvard Business Review)
Not an article per se, but an interesting website nonetheless: robotsupremacy.wikia.com.
I had an idea to make a Slack-powered MMORPG (apparently Slack — and Flickr both originally started as online games, what do you know). If this idea sounds interesting to you, join the #slackbots channel over at Botmakers.
By the way, you should just check openshift.com yourself, if you’re looking for a place to host your new bot. It is a much better alternative to Heroku. OpenShift has an actual free plan that doesn’t force your app into sleep for several hours every day. What’s up with that? OpenShift also supports cron.
If you’re interested in contributing to the OpenShift series, let me know (useful links below). On top of this, I am also thinking about another series that would look at some tools like Dexter that would make creating bots easier for non-coders who are not really all that interested in learning to use the command line. I also learned that CBDQ is open source, and I thought it would be cool to look into adding support for third-party APIs and data sets to make it possible to use CBDQ to create more advanced bots.