Top Content on Chatbots and AI from Eazl

Chatbots and AI

We’ve been reporting on -and making content for- chatbots and AI for about a year now.  From Brain Boosts and courses to great content we’ve found online, here’s our current list of Top Content on Chatbots and AI.

1. Bots Can Now Power Your Business
How a company serves more than 5 billion downloads and streams with only 3 employees.

2. How to Create a Facebook Messenger Bot
Interested in using a chatbot for customer service and marketing? Facebook Messenger chatbots can help your followers get answers to frequently asked questions and more.

3. Build a Twitter Bot in 90 Minutes
In this course, you’ll create a Twitter bot powered by IBM’s cloud cognition technology that is able to understand which Tweets are relevant to you, filter them from all the Tweets around a topic, and present them to you through Google Sheets.

4. Chatbots are the Future of Online Marketing
We’ve gathered up all the resources we have for you on bots at the moment and put them all here so you can catch up with what’s happening in the world of bots and maybe even make one yourself!

5. The Top 10 Artificial Intelligence People and Places on the Web
AI is on track to change everything around us. In this Brain Boost: the top 10 artificial intelligence people and places on the web.

6. A New Milestone in Artificial Intelligence
A collaboration is happening between Google’s Deepmind team in the UK and Oxford University. They have been developing an AI platform designed to read lips and, recently, they published their astonishing results.

7. Are You Debating Robots on Twitter?
Researchers and data scientists at the University of Southern California have found that roughly 400,000 bots were tweeting and retweeting during the 2016 United States presidential election, responsible for roughly 20% of all of the election-related content on Twitter.

8. Artificial Intelligence is Disrupting the Job Search
Increasingly, software built on machine learning and early-stage artificial intelligence determines the desirability of a candidate.

9. Monetizing Chatbots
Sponsored recommendations are likely to come in-stream with responses from these AI assistants in the future.

10. Adidas Robots, AI + Humans, and Getting Started with Crowdfunding
Professor Sandy Pentland of MIT, says that artificial intelligence is best used in collaboration with humans. 

11. OpenAI and Shocking AI Salaries
OpenAI’s team of researchers were reportedly mobbed with huge employment offers from some of the tech world’s biggest firms.

12. Jobs and AI
The Financial Times has released an extensive new report on career management in age of robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation.

Build an AI Twitter Bot Powered with IBM Watson (No Coding!)

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Build Cool AI Technology in ~90 Minutes and Learn by Doing (No Coding!)
If you’re reading this, you probably know that, arguably, artificial intelligence is the most significant technological developments of our time. There will be people who are able to use AI to do incredible things and others who watch technology and the world change around them at a blistering pace without understanding fully what’s going on. If you’re someone who stays “in the know,” you need to learn about AI. We think that you can best learn by doing. Plus, it’s fun! And you’ll get some pretty amazing technology that you can use for free forever.

Create a Customizable “Smart” Twitter Bot Powered by IBM Watson Step by Step
You’ll create a Twitter bot powered by IBM’s cloud cognition technology that is able to understand which Tweets are relevant to you, filter them from all the Tweets around a topic, and present them to you through Google Sheets. We’re calling it the Prospector Bot and this bot has practical uses for businesses, personal use, non-profits, government, and more. Through completing the project, you’ll learn:

*How to build apps (no coding required) in IBM Bluemix

*How to train IBM Watson’s Natural Language Classifier, a Watson service built on machine learning, to curate Tweets on your behalf

*How to use Twitter’s Advanced Search functions

*How to use Google Sheets as an automation hub / bot headquarters
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Bots Can Now Power Your (Huge) Business

⍾ Build Your Own Artificially-intelligent Twitter Bot in a New Project-based Course from Eazl 

Philip Kaplan is the founder of DistroKid, one of the largest digital music distributors on the planet. They’ve served more than 5 billion downloads and streams and… wait for it… they only have 3 EMPLOYEES. Philip has created an army of bots that do everything from standardize song information, process and distribute payments, communicate between the company and distributors, and a lot more. That’s enabling DistroKid to beat out firms with millions of dollars in funding an 100+ employees.

Links mentioned in this Brain Boost:
• Read about Philip’s approach to deploying bots for his business
• Read about Bill Gates’ thoughts on taxing bots and robots
• Build an AI Bot powered by IBM Watson with no coding in under 2 hours (project-based course… learn by doing!!)

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From Social Media Examiner: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot

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“Does your business want to do more with Facebook Messenger?

Interested in using a chatbot for customer service and marketing?

Facebook Messenger chatbots can help your followers get answers to frequently asked questions and more.

In this article, you’ll discover how to set up a Facebook Messenger chatbot for your business.”

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Learn how to set up a Twitter bot here.

Chatbots are the Future of Online Marketing

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At Eazl, January is the month to #beyourowninspiration. We’re featuring people who are working on interesting and important things AND we’re empowering each member of our community (including you) to believe that they have the ability to achieve the seemingly inevitable.

In the world of business and marketing right now, it’s all about AI and chatbots. In the next 5-10 years, you can expect chatbots to become much more a part of our lives and how we interact with companies.

The thing is…you can make one right now. And you don’t even have to know how to code!

We’ve gathered up all the resources we have for you on bots at the moment and put them all here so you can catch up with what’s happening in the world of bots and maybe even make one yourself!

Chatbots: The Next Frontier
What’s a business bot?

They’re text-based services that let users perform tasks like scheduling a meetings, ordering a product, booking a flight, or getting recommendations–all via chat. Chat apps also integrate beautifully with what’s happening in AI and machine learning.

Three big players are already getting into the game: Microsoft, Kik, and Facebook are all likely to announce chatbot marketplaces soon. Chatbots would serve many businesses much better than having a full-fledged app.

The Scoop on Using Bots for Social Media Marketing
Often times, using bots for social media marketing violates the policies of platforms like Twitter and Instagram. There are some kinds of bots invited to participate in the network, but generally, any bot that “pushes” interaction onto users is outside of platform policy, and therefore can result in warnings or account bans. In practice, the platforms don’t always police bots effectively.

The easiest bots to deploy are those like Roboliker (robolike.com). These bots basically follow a search query that you design and “like” content related to that search from your account. The result is that, often, you attract followers who legitimately share interest in topics related to your search query.

We’ve tested Roboliker here at Eazl and it was pretty effective. Note that this kind of bot is officially OUTSIDE of platform policy.

For more sophisticated bots, one way to approach bots is to blend something like Google Sheets with a social media platform’s API. By developing in the backend of your Google Sheet (you’ll be developing in Javascript), you can automate recurring actions that pull data from the platform, “massage” it in some way, and then take actions on the result. More on this to come!

From Diversity in the Ocean to Twitter Bots
Twitter has been on a downward trend recently (lower users, etc.) but they’ve released some great new tech. Now, it’s pretty easy to build your own Twitter bot.

If you visit Amit’s tutorial (below), you’ll be able to do it in less than 10 minutes.

Building with IBM’s Cloud Brain
IBM Watson is spawning an exploding world of AI-powered technologies and this tech isn’t that complicated. YOU can build the skills it takes to use Watson… it’s not that hard!

 

Attend Eazl’s Twitter / IBM Watson bot building webinar with Davis Jones and Tanmay Bakshi on January 19th. Early bird registration is free here.

If you want to learn some more advanced information about bots, you can follow the conversations on this bots Facebook group. We are affiliated in any way…we just think it’s a good group that enables further learning on this topic.

Build Your Own Twitter / IBM Watson Bot (No Coding!) with Eazl

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Join Davis Jones from Eazl and Tanmay Bakshi, IBM’s 12 year old programming wizard, and go from zero to intermediate in your ability to use IBM Watson, your “artificial intelligence brain in the cloud.” During the event, you’ll get access to a brand new Twitter Bot interface designed by Davis and Tanmay. After the live event, the replay will be only avilable for a paid replay. Click on the video below to learn more about what Watson is and how it works:

During this event with Davis and Tanmay, you’ll learn how to:

  • Set up an IBM Bluemix account
  • Launch a Watson service (we’ll be working with the Natural Language Classifier)
  • Copy and then integrate the Google Sheets/Watson interface we’ve built
  • Use Twitter’s advanced search functions
  • Train Watson to automatically find Tweets that are meaningful to you
  • Automate the tool to “listen” to Twitter for you all the time

 

 

We can’t wait to unveil this new Twitter / Watson Bot and we hope you’ll join us! To find out more about Eazl, visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/eazlco.

Are you debating robots on Twitter?

In this week’s Brain Boost: are you debating robots on Twitter?

Researchers and data scientists at the University of Southern California have found that roughly 400,000 bots were tweeting and retweeting during the 2016 United States presidential election, responsible for roughly 20% of all of the election-related content on Twitter.

They were used by both candidates though Donald Trump was employing around 300,000 bots and Hillary Clinton was using around 100,000. Also, the content of each of the candidates’ bot armies was strikingly different.

Here are some sample tweets from each of the candidates’ bots…

Top anti-Clinton Tweet by a Trump Bot:

“@dreamedofdust: #NeverHillary ! https://t.co/pmuRci7RhL Without A Doubt That FBI Director James Comey Covered Up Hillary Clinton’s Lies, Gave Immunity To …”

Top anti-Trump Tweet by a Clinton Bot

“@natespuewell: #NeverTrump Those fake, nonsense polls are actually real, good polls, Trump’s spokesman insists — Campaign of lies https://t.co/Mvja0PPeaH”

Now, what these researchers and data scientists found out is that the human users of the network are not capable of distinguishing between a bot and human. In fact, human users of Twitter retweeted bots at the same rate that they retweeted humans.

Even the researchers themselves were often not able to distinguish between a Tweet that was generated by a human and one that was generated by a bot.

There are some key differences, though, between bots and humans. First of all, these bots produce a huge volume of Tweets. They generated around half a million tweets with the hashtag #election2016 alone and many of these bots have been engineered with artificial intelligence so they can search for, read, and respond to human users in human-like bursts.

So, that Twitter debate that you might have gotten into during the election might not have been with a human. It might have been with a bot.

Now, we’ve grown to think of Twitter as good for providing a discussion forum for the connected citizens of the world, however, social media platforms are starting to pose a major risk to people because they can be manipulated with technologies like bots. Misinformation, rumors, and conspiracy theories can seem legitimate because of the sheer volume of artificially created conversation.

This will leave real people to wonder what is true and what is fiction.

You can check out more about this study here and keep an eye out for the brand new episode of What’s Next as the Eazl team takes you to Washington DC to meet the innovators and entrepreneurship hubs of the city…all politics aside.

 

People are Awesome: Entrepreneurs Edition

In this week’s Brain Boost: people are awesome. I’m going to highlight a civic chatbot, a distiller in Africa, and the head of Tesla Motors.

A Civic Chatbot
I met Andy and Sean at EazlLive events in Chicago. This week, the team released a chatbot on Facebook Messenger that enables you to chat with all the major US presidential candidates. For example, you can chat with Gary Johnson about Libertarianism or with Donald Trump about why he wants to build a wall.

Check out the messenger bot here and keep an eye out for an upcoming course with Andy about building a 12-month growth plan for your business.

A Distiller in Africa
Jake and I did our MBAs together and, after we graduated, Jake took the path less traveled. He moved to Benin -one of the poorest countries in the world- and started distilling Sodebe, a liqueur made from fruits and spices harvested sustainably and locally in Benin.

Today, Jake’s project is one of the first projects to raise funding using equity crowdfunding in the US and I am definitely going to invest. They just won a silver medal at a tasting competition in San Francisco and Jake and his team are super smart.

This is a good bet and I am not getting paid to say that.

The Head of Tesla Motors
I would highly suggest reading Elon Musk’s Master Plan Part Deux. One thing that is striking about it is the clarity of thought that Elon Musk has regarding the development of Tesla, the merging of Tesla and Solar City, and his bold vision of the future.

The leaders of today are not all about money. Instead, money is a resource to be deployed to do stuff that matters.

Check out the Master Plan Part Deaux here. I think it is required reading for all smart professionals.

The future belongs to makers.


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I will see you next week for another Brain Boost.

 

Chatbots: The Next Frontier

In this week’s Brain Boost, the superiority of chatbots, chatbots for business, and chatbot marketplaces.

The superiority of chatbots
2016 might be the year that we all start using chat bots. It turns out that messaging platforms are actually the killer app for smartphones. In a recent study in 2015, more than 1.4 billion people used chatting apps.

On the other side of things, it turns out that almost 70% of all app usage comes from just 200 apps. The lesson here is that most apps go unused.

A lot of developers believe that it will be a lot easier to get users to just chat with a chat button than to download an app, login, learn to use the app, and then try to remember what it was they wanted to do in the first place.

Chatbots for business
What is a business bot? It’s basically a text-based service that lets users perform tasks like scheduling meetings, ordering a product, booking a flight, etc. –all via text. And there are three big players that we know of who are getting into this game.

Satya Nadella, who is Microsoft’s new CEO, is betting really big on bots. Microsoft is the team behind Tay, the AI chat bot, on Twitter. Next, Nadella wants to move Microsoft to computing systems that run totally based on conversation between the user and the computer.

Chatbot marketplaces
You’re going to see Microsoft’s messaging app, Kik, and (soon) Facebook all announcing some form of chat bot marketplace. Now, chat bots are actually going to be big business probably. I would expect to see many opportunities coming for developers for these simple bots.

For example, Digit is a simple bot-like software that allows users to interact with their bank accounts and save money via text. Pana can make travel bookings via text message. And MeCan can set up meetings for users of Slack –the popular messaging platform– via chat.

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