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We’ve just launched Shipitwise‘s Funderbeam campaign to raise 250’000€. And already have 14’000€ committed. Meanwhile, thanks to Eamonn Carey, I’ve finally understood the fuss around bots. And that what’s coming truly is great!
- The leading newsletter about chat bots. Stay up to date with market insights, trends and tutorials about chat bots.
- Shipitwise is raising 250’000€ via Funderbeam. It’s your chance to become an investor. And help us change the way you experience international shipping.
Bots are taking over.
- Bot-Week. January, 2007 will be forever remembered in tech lore as the day Steve Jobs launched the iPhone. In years to come, will we look back on the week of April 11, 2016 as the seminal week that launched a new bot-powered era?
- Microsoft is betting that bots ‘are the new apps’. They made clear that they are betting big on the future of bots. After making two major AI announcements at the Microsoft Build 2016 conference.
- Why Messaging Bots Won’t Replace Apps. For sure, they are a great new invention. But they won’t replace apps. Rather live next to apps.
- Slackbots. Landscape, opportunities and risks. It’s with Slack that many people have experienced their first direct contact with a software bot. The onboarding itself is completed by discussing with one.
- Facebook’s Messenger Bot Store could be the most important launch since the App Store. What if Facebook announces the “Messenger Bot Store”? It’d be arguably the most consequential event for the tech industry. Ever since Apple announced the App Store and iPhone SDK in March 2008.
- Like it or not. Mark Zuckerberg is now Silicon Valley’s ambassador to the rest of the world. In his keynote speech, he made many great predictions. Or rather disclosures. On what Facebook’s planning. And a part of it was about bots.
Building vr teams to atomize jobs.
- Building a tech team outside of Silicon Valley. There’s loads of talent outside the Valley. And using them seems logical when focusing on the product. Because they have local product expertise and customer empathy. And they want lower salaries.
- VR is a dud. VR investment is smoking hot! And there are so many amazing rigs coming soon! If it weren’t amazing, why is it top of mind? The denizens of the Valley are tired of looking at their phones.
- We should be worried about job atomization, not job automation. Don’t blame the robots. Our economy is already winnowing jobs as we knew them. While the tsunami of automation still gathers on the horizon. This isn’t job destruction, but job atomization. The replacement of long-term, full-time work.
- Good news: automation already destroyed most of the jobs. A lot of people worry that robots will take everyone’s job. One study found that almost half of all jobs are capable of being automated over the next two decades.