Facebook is planning to let developers build Messenger bots? “The latest rumor, which comes to us from TechCrunch, says Facebook is working on a ‘Chat SDK’ that enables developers to build bots that would allow Facebook users to access shopping, travel and other services through conversations in Messenger.”
Use Slack? Want a chat archive for your public projects? Here ya go. “At heart, SlackArchive is a bot that you add to your Slack. Named ArchiveBot, this bot will record conversations in this channel for the chat archive. Then, you can access your archive on the company’s website. Like on Slack, you can search across multiple channels and find information in very little time. You can also create a permalink for a specific message.” Note that this is for public chat only; private chat is not covered in order to avoid competing directly with Slack’s premium plans.
Speaking of images: earlier this year I mentioned Google’s Deep Dream, which applied AI to images to make them, well, trippy. Now there’s a Twitter bot which will “dream” your photo in the style of a great artist. “Deep Forger is a Twitter account which will generate a version of any picture fed to it in the style of any other picture.” I sent it a picture of my feet and it’s in an 81-hour queue. Let’s see how it turns out. Original picture:
Increased DM sizes in Twitter has an unexpected side effect: more space for botnets. “London security researcher Paul Amar has built a tool capable of exploiting Twitter’s extended direct messaging function for covert botnet command and control. Amar created Twittor which allows attackers of white or black hats to create a fleet of compromised machines that can communicate, receive instructions, and update over the social network.”
New York Magazine has a great roundup of weird Twitter bots. Maybe you’ll get some ideas. “Bots can be the absolute worst part of Twitter. They can also be the best. In the last few years, artists and programmers have turned Twitter bots into an internet-native art form, producing bots that are often hilarious, usually weird, and sometimes unexpectedly poetic.”
Ooh, fun. This Twitter bot tweets goodies from the Wayback Machine. “The bot utilizes the Wayback Machine, which began in 1996 as a project of the Internet Archive (a nonprofit digital library which has copies of 439 billion webpages) and Alexa Internet (a search engine precursor to Google which now runs analytics).The Wayback Machine now contains approximately 23 petabytes of data, and is growing at a rate of 50-60 terabytes per week.”
Want your own news-writing bot? Here ya go. “Today Automated Insights has launched a beta version of its new free service based on Wordsmith, the technology it uses to generate stories for companies like the AP. Typically, Automated Insights, much like its competitor Narrative Science, works with large customers to create the templates that the Wordsmith software fills in. This new service allows anyone to create their own templates and dump data into them on their own.” I’m imagining many opportunities for shenanigans.
Like Google’s Deep Dream, the AI that turns photos and videos into trippy, dogfaced art? Check out this Twitter bot for making glitch art. “After mentioning PixelSorter in a tweet with an uploaded image, it will then download the image, and begin segmenting an image into rows or columns according to their hue, brightness, luminance, etc. A few moments later, PixelSorter will @reply you with its own glitched-out version of the image you just uploaded.”