Botwiki Updates #4
The number of curated bots on Botwiki just crossed 200! And that’s not counting the translated bot pages. I added quite a few bots (see the Bots section below) and some more resources — definitely check out the excellent Twitter bot video tutorialby Daniel Shiffman with node.js and Processing!
I am starting to work a bit more on the website’s design. I started by replacing most of the illustrations from oldbookillustrations.com with screenshots of selected bots.
There were quite a few additions last week, including:
- @FireworksBot, which creates fireworks from your tweets
- @ObliqueBot, for fans of Brian Eno and aphorisms
- and @MagicRealismBot for fans of Gabriel García Márquez
- @friendAssessor, to asses your Twitter friendships
- @whatshouldiknit, to give you ideas for your next knitting project
- @dream_sandwich, which can make any sandwich
- @on_this_day_bot, tweeting a random event from the current day in the past
- and for the want of a bot, @HypernymBot was made
- if you’d like to help beta-test a game Twitter bot, see this tweet.
Botwiki Interview #3
I sat down to speak with Nick Harasym, a Platform Support Specialist at DigitalOcean. You’ll probably believe what happened next.I will also take this opportunity to mention that Botwiki and all our related sites are hosted on DigitalOcean and one way to support us is to sign up using our referral link, which will also earn you a $10 starter credit.
Google open sourced their machine learning system, TensorFlow. Check out this article and this video to see why this is pretty cool news. (And this Wired article to see why it’s not really cool enough.)Also —
- Five takeaways on the state of natural language processing (wise.io)
- Here’s a great tutorial for cheapbotsdonequick.com
- How newsrooms use Slack to stay on the pulse of breaking news (ijnet-english.tumblr.com)
- And not to be outdone by Google: Microsoft open-sources DMTK, a distributed machine learning library (venturebeat.com)
We’re going to be issuing botmaker badges using Mozilla’s Open Badges (openbadges.org). We are going to be starting with two:
To apply, simply add your bot to Botwiki using our submit form, and in the description, mention that you’re applying for a badge and include your email so we can send you your badge. The email will not, of course, be published.
Monthly Bot Challenge Badge
I’m still looking to hear from teachers and other educators who use Slack. And while my work on the OpenShift tutorials are temporarily on hold, I am now looking into Dexter, which is still in Beta, but already looks pretty awesome; for example, this is how you create a Slack bot with it:
Pretty neat — and there are also modules for Twitter!
And, that’s a real wrap up now! Thank you for reading and see you next week 🙂