Episode 163 – Chat Me Maybe?

Hey! I just met you. And this is cra-zy. Here’s my bot. Chat me maybe.

Michael and Michael get together to enjoy some of the material covered in the Feb 22nd edition of the Daily Tech News Show, particularly around text based chat services, and where the medium is going. Michael M dives headfirst down the rabbit hole — imagining how people used to use arcane terminal commands to get things done, when this wasn’t the intent of the story — it is much more around augmenting communication with insight to enhance understanding and using context (location, time, preferences, etc) to get to better/faster outcomes.

This isn’t the 2017 version of Clippy saying “it looks like you are trying to schedule lunch. would you like some help with that?” — there’s much more to it — have a listen and see what you think. And in the meantime, I’ll have my bots 🤖 talk with your bots 🤖.

From the same Daily Tech News Show, there’s a link to an app that got Michael & Michael’s attention — a remake of the classic Tomagotchi reimagined with elected officials in the Netherlands called Kamergotchi where you feed, energize and give ideas to members of the Netherlands house of representatives. Let’s see if this expands to other countries.

Other ideas that are worth spreading include a report on Tesla’s lifetime maintenance and insurance bundled with their cars. This drives the discussion forward with concepts such as:

what is a car’s lifetime?
where does the maintenance cost increases cross the line of the insurance cost decreases?
how modular are cars, and could they become more modular in future, especially given the rate/pace of software enhancements?
how long could one keep a ’57 Chevy or Trabant running with such modularity?

Michael and Michael throw the brakes on the automotive discussion to close the show with a safety design concept designed to appeal to children (and maybe a few adults) who ride bikes — a helmet that looks like Lego / Playmobil hair. Talk about #helmethair !

selected links

Daily Tech News Show (DTNS) 2971 – Scrapping Apps — http://www.tommerritt.com/2017/02/21/dtns-2971-scrapping-apps/

Gartner Survey showing the strength & growth of messaging apps — http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3614818

Games At Work e159 Virtually Secure Twitch See Bots Chat — http://gamesatwork.biz/2017/01/22/episode-159-virtually-secure/

Little Computer People — http://www.mobygames.com/game/c64/little-computer-people

Zondag met Lubach (featuring Kamergotchi with English subtitles) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qNjpTn6RUM&feature=youtu.be

Kamergotchi — http://www.kamergotchi.nl

Tomagotchi — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamagotchi

Mashable: Tesla so sure its cars are safe that it now offers insurance for life — http://mashable.com/2017/02/23/elon-musk-tesla-lifetime-insurance.amp

Boredpanda: Someone Made a Real-Life LEGO Hair Bike Helmet — http://www.boredpanda.com/lego-hair-bike-helmet-simon-higby-clara-prior-moef/

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Gaming the Bots!

As podcasters, @carolinabigblue and @michaelrowe01 have been pretty lucky.  We’ve been doing this between different shows since 2006.  I guess that makes us old timers in the world of podcasting.  In that time we’ve had the pleasure of having @Veronica Belmont on our show, and meeting her in person at least twice.  This has been a challenge given that the epicenter of podcasting appears to be San Francisco, and we are located in RTP, NC.

When we heard that she was moving into the world bots as a product manager for growbot, we just had to check it out.  Growbot monitors slack channels that you invite it to and captures metrics about employee performance.  As drones in the corporate world, our three co-hosts all have to deal with the periodic rankings and appraisals, and I for one am really bad at keeping track of all the positive things people tell me about work I am doing.   Imagine if Growbot could do that for me?

Of course, systems like this do have a challenge, people can game the system.  I tested this when I sent a “kudos” message as a repsonse to “kudos” I had received.  And growbot was smart enough to see what I was doing.


This was a fun test, and I loved the emoji that they are using for NO!

The other thought I had while playing with Growbot over the last few weeks is all about Flair.  If you’ve seen the movie “Office Space”, Jennifer Aniston’s character works at a theme restaurant where the servers are required to have buttons on their vests.  The buttons are considered “flair”.  She get’s a dressing down for not having enough flair on her vest.  I worry that if there is large corporate adoption of bots like growbot, we will end up with competitive situations where managers give you a dressing down for not having enough “kudos” this week.

In the mean time, I am enjoying playing with growbot on our podcast slack.  And I am sure that as they enhance the bot it will be more fun to figure out what makes a positive comment and what makes a negative.

What bots are you playing with lately?

Episode 135 – Hear! Hear! for the Hearables!

The Michael’s are enjoying the pollen covered world of North Carolina as we discuss Twitter Bots, Self Tying shoes, Kinetic Energy, Hearables, and Star Wars! The Bragi-Dash is a new “hearable” that allows you to leverage the ear canal for sensors in health and fitness. We also talk KickStarter support of two movies – Michel R. supported one about actors in the original Star Wars called “Elstree 1976” and “Meet the Patels” was supported by Michael M. We then quickly jump on the band wagon to talk briefly about Virtual Reality.

Show links:
NixieBot
Self Tying Shoes
Bragi-Dash Hearable
Elstree 1976 – Star Wars Documentary
Meet the Patels
Eye-Tracking Virtual Reality Startup
HoPiKo

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