Quartz and DocumentCloud are teaming up to give journalists convenient access to tools that make their work easier, better, and a little more fun. Together we're releasing Quackbot, which performs tasks useful to reporters, editors, and news producers right where so many of us work all day—inside Slack. In its first version, Quackbot can do a … Continue reading Announcing Quackbot, a Slack bot for journalists from Quartz and DocumentCloud
Parenting in the Robot Age Alexa and I had a really good thing going. She sat between our kitchen and living room, and as for many working parents, she was a hands-free godsend. She was the sister wife I always wanted, someone to share our marriage’s emotional labor but not the sex. She freed up … Continue reading My kids use Alexa to constantly troll me
In addition to chat and voice bots, the Quartz bot studio is exploring how bots might help journalists. Next week we’re rolling out the first results of that effort — a Slack bot designed to help journalists with their everyday work. Come install the bot and have a beer, both for free, across the street from … Continue reading Get a bot and a beer
How do I get started building a bot? What tool do you recommend? These are two of the most common questions we get, and for a long time, we didn’t have a solid answer. What Quartz has built until now has been completely custom, which is both a great luxury, and also hands-down the most … Continue reading We found the best tool for building chat bots
Allow me to introduce you to Brian and Kendra, the new hosts of Quartz's newscast. They're robots. Every day, all day, Brian and Kendra read headlines from around the global economy in the conversational, sometimes playful voice familiar to users of Quartz's mobile app. If you have an Amazon Alexa device, you can add … Continue reading We welcome our robot newscasters
Give that headline ☝️ to Amazon's text-to-speech converter, and you're in for a surprise. The language processor sees right through your weak attempt at censorship and says that bad boy aloud. We hilariously discovered this yesterday with a bot we're testing that turns text from the Quartz app into speech. Our bot scanned this (awesome) lead, … Continue reading What the actual f***?
Voice-based computing may be the next buzzword you hate to love. Betaworks Voice Camp, an accelerator program for voice-centered products, introduced eight young companies at last week’s demo day. I entered the event with limited context on the subject and walked out convinced that sooner or later, I’ll be managing many details in my life … Continue reading Notes From Betaworks Voice Summit