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
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
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***?
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
We're making bots at Quartz and keeping a diary as we go. Right here. We'll be spilling our joys and disappointments, along with code and insights. We hope to provide solid recommendations and code you can actually use, but along the way we'll report on half-baked experiments, silly ideas and abject failures, too. We hope you'll learn from our learning … Continue reading Opening our bot book