You can ask Poncho questions like whether you should wear sunglasses today, or what the weather’s going to be like this weekend, and it will send you alerts up to twice a day, if you want.The ambition is for Poncho to be able to talk to you about anything light-hearted, like you would with a mate, but it has to be taught what to say first.Not so for Quartz for i Phone, which is written by a bunch of (real) journalists.
If you want to create a chatty news app, you can’t just pull stories from your website and push them out to users.
Using Quartz for i Phone is like having an ongoing conversation with your really bright mate.
The app will text you news snippets, full of emojis and GIFs (obvs) but also serious stuff.
If you want to hear more, you can just ask, or move on to the next story.
You can also personalise what Quartz notifies you about, depending on what you’re into.
Bots have barely become a buzzword and already we have a loser. Tay was (she’s currently on a time out, thinking about what she’s done) Microsoft’s millennial chat bot.
Her Twitter bio reads: “The more you talk the smarter Tay gets.” The problem is that Microsoft presumed the world would tweet smart things to Tay. Multiple racist comments later, and Tay was put back in her box. Discover the full range of chat bots on the market in our Curiosity Stop Special, from character-based bots like Miss Piggy on Messenger to functional apps like Taco Bot.
They don’t sound very sexy, but are the hot topic following the F8 announcement that Facebook would allow (hell, encourage) developers to create automated apps within Messenger.
This time next year, we won’t be able to move for bots (*shudders*), which is why you should embrace bot life right NOW - starting with our lowdown on those that have already landed in the artificially intelligent universe.