My dog uses Amazon’s new “drop-in” feature when I’m not home

On the Echo, nobody knows you're a dog. Yesterday afternoon, I enabled Amazon's "drop-in" feature, allowing my mom to connect to the Echo that sits on our kitchen counter. Unlike a call that I'd have to answer, "drop in" automatically connects the two devices. She hears what's going on in my kitchen; we hear her … Continue reading My dog uses Amazon’s new “drop-in” feature when I’m not home

@TrumpOfYore: Using AI and math to find similar tweets from the president’s past

It's become sport in some circles to juxtapose old Donald Trump tweets with his latest statements or positions — and calling out tweets that haven't aged well. Quartz's Annalisa Merelli wondered if we could build bot to do something similar. So we gave it a shot. Detecting irony and contradiction is probably best left to human … Continue reading @TrumpOfYore: Using AI and math to find similar tweets from the president’s past

I talked to lots of bots. Here’s what made some better than others.

In the spirit of confessionals, I'll offer this one: In any given week, I probably spend more time chatting with bots than I do humans. (At least on Facebook Messenger.) As we consider where to take our bots, we here in the Bot Studio are working hard to better understand the bounds and opportunities of the major platforms, as … Continue reading I talked to lots of bots. Here’s what made some better than others.