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a16z Podcast: Bots and Beyond

How can we keep bots in perspective — beyond the fad?

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Chris Messina
@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
The biggest point of contention on this podcast — which is the right one from a product design perspective — is whether the conversation is necessary to commerce, or whether embedded webviews are sufficient. I don't care about apps and bots. I care about behavior and user acceptance. Apps were heavy front-ends to APIs; bots provide a lighter-weight, on-de… See more

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Chris Messina
@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
The biggest point of contention on this podcast — which is the right one from a product design perspective — is whether the conversation is necessary to commerce, or whether embedded webviews are sufficient. I don't care about apps and bots. I care about behavior and user acceptance. Apps were heavy front-ends to APIs; bots provide a lighter-weight, on-de… See more
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Ben Tossell
@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
Show notes: So… about those bots. Bots bots bots. Bots! In this episode of the botcast, a16z partners Benedict Evans and Connie Chan — along with Chris Messina, longtime advocate of the open web and more — pull apart various threads related to the topic of bots, mobile, and beyond: the (evolution?) from web to apps to messaging to bots; chat as an interfac… See more
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@msmillie · http://earthmov.es
I wrote this a while back about services and how we need an API meta-layer: http://bit.ly/1rkEdoW. As I see bots now, they're just apps without front ends. They're providing the same functions as apps. What would be better, and I'm sure we're on the way there, is that the bots (services) can work with each other and are, or can be, embedded in the OS. I do… See more