Saturday, March 17, 2018

Flexible architecture for adding application functions to instant messaging

With the chatbot capable of either imitating language or being a plain command interpreter, you have a great deal of flexibility about how to add application functionality into an instant message.

Chickadees and Titmouses feeding

I see buds on the maple trees
and chickadees feeding on something obscure
in the twigs of my unpruned apple
where the snow melts off the lichen

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My father's naturalism

I always thought my mother, with her family roots in the woods of Michigan, would be the source of a true connection to nature; and that my father's naturalism was adopted. And he adopted vigorously, and passed it on to me. But I find Russian colleagues at work who used nature to feed themselves and medicate themselves - so much so that I joke how Americans go the doctor but Russians go to the kitchen. In fact my father's naturalism may well have come from his father, who enjoyed toying with the fermentation process, and may have been close to nature in the same way as these modern Russians.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Collaborative Coding?

Coding is basically still a one person task, where the person wrestles not only what they need to get done but also with how it fits in with the idiosyncratic choices of other individual coders.

With the new emphasis on messaging and collaborative environments, one wonders if it might be possible to redefine the way teams and coding are integrated - such that they work together most of the time? "Collaborative coding" - what would that be?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Gating item on acceptance of chatbots as a service

The gating item is that people don't believe a "robotic" language assistant can be anything more than a parlor trick. So I guess I have it to do: to explain why it is true language understanding and not a parlour trick.
But on the other hand, since you can always use structured language, you want to remind people that ZorkZero used language based UI thirty years ago. So: not to worry.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

With chatbots the message can itself be interactive

That is the point. There is no room in an instant message for an application's menu-ing system. But a chatbot occupies 0 screen real estate, yet is a gateway to anything you want - menu, link, or answer. So the chatbot becomes the application UI in an instant message.