I developed a bot. Last weekend I opened the
website https://rundexter.com/bot and developed a bot, which I then
integrated with Twilio for messaging. I named it BeccaBot after our
daughter. Just to be clear, her name is Becca, not Bot. It was a bot
designed purely to freak-out our daughter. It was highly successful. Here
are some things I learned.
You tell the bot to look for specific words or even phrases and then act upon
them in specified ways. You can answer with text, or a website link, or an
image, etc. You can ask for a name, and program the bot to remember the
name. For example:
Bot: Hi, what's your name?
Bot: Hello Becca!
Bot: I've been reading your Facebook page and see you were in Seattle
recently with Claire.
That last part I added just to freak-out my daughter - a father's
prerogative. The bot was not programmed ... (more)
How Digital Thinking Separates Retail Leaders from Laggards
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, once said, "You can't do it unless you
can imagine it." In our latest research on the future state of work in the
retail sector, we find many industry executives struggling to imagine where
the future is leading them and their organizations, not to mention the role
digital technologies will play along the way.
Traditional retailers are challenged by rapidly emerging new business models,
such as Amazon Go and Facebook's launch of its digital commerce platform,
Marketplace. Moreover, pi... (more)
Adam Smith wrote about rational self-interest, which posits we work together
for the greater good when it benefits ourselves. Does this concept translate
to robots, automation and employment? I think it does.
I believe most of us would agree that replacing large numbers of humans with
machines that result in wide scale unemployment and suffering is not in our
rational self-interest. Having massive numbers of jobs terminated by the
Terminator does not result in a safer, healthier civilization or vibrant
economy; therefore, it is not in our best interest.
Just because something is ... (more)
Defining Web 3.0 and Developing the Fastest Enterprise Mobility Apps
I value a strong opinion. Especially when the opinionated is an expert and
willing to stand up and place a flag in the sand. In this article, my
ambitious friend, programming guru, gamer, colleague, bona fide geek and
mobility expert Peter Rogers shares his opinions on the meaning of Web 3.0
and how it will impact mobile application development and the enterprise.
While he is English and prone to use words like whilst, that should not be
held against him.
I have two ambitions in life: to be the first person t... (more)
When a person has clogged arteries it restricts and reduces the flow of
oxygen-rich blood through their body. Clogged arteries also greatly increase
the risk of strokes, heart attacks and even death. In the digital age the
equivalent of oxygen-rich blood for organizations is the data running through
an information logistics system.
Healthy and digitally mature organizations have in place an optimized
information logistics system (OILS) that enables data to flow unencumbered
and efficiently throughout an organization in digital-time. Data must flow in
digital-time, a speed that i... (more)