On July 17th we're partnering with The Design & Content Conference to bring an extra bit of fun to Vancouver through an exciting talk and panel on teaching bots to talk. This is a fun, thought-provoking session around the new reality of personal agents, bots, and artificial intelligence permeating our digital lives.
To make a bit more room we're hosting the talk and panel at The Rio Theatre in East Vancouver. The event is free to everyone, but there are only 400 tickets so you'll need to be signed up for the Style & Class Meetup and get a ticket quickly! All you need to do is RSVP through Meetup.com (that's your ticket).
How to Teach Your Bot to Talk
Conversational bots don't auto-magically learn how to talk and behave. Humans need to teach them. When designing any natural language interaction, machine learning alone will give you exactly what you'd expect: robo-talk. But that's not what's needed in the experiences quickly emerging across devices, services, and social environments. We're literally at the nascent stage of this phenomenal evolution in the interactions between humans and technology. People on software engineering, design, and content teams often don't know where to begin in thinking beyond the tech to creating bots and experiences with intentional, crafted interactions that humans will enjoy.
The conversation platform of both today and the future needs not only innovative engineering, but expertise in design and creative writing to create the nuances of effective, meaningful, and personal conversations. You'll hear insights about the type of talent that's needed to develop personality, craft conversation flows, ensure meaning, and add humor. And you'll hear some specifics to provoke the thinking with your business leaders and stakeholders to take your bot from useful basics to something that can be engaging, effective, and fun.
Our speakers include:
• Karen Kesler, Director of Content Experiences
• Deborah Baumfeld, Senior Content Publisher
• Jessica Reading, Principal Content Manager
• Jonathan Foster, Principal Content Manager
Huge thanks to Microsoft for their Sponsorship of the opening event of the Design & Content Conference week and making it possible for us to provide this extra event at no charge to you!
Doors open at 6:00pm, panel starts at 7:00pm. No admittance after 7:15pm.
An assortment of beer and soft drinks will be provided and there will be a cash bar, no food. 19+, minors not permitted due to alcohol service. You will need government issued photo ID at the door.
Style & Class is a meetup for the designers and developers who build the web.
It's for designers who want to learn and share new techniques from concept all the way to execution. It's for front-end developers who want to talk shop about HTML, CSS, and creating great experiences. Most importantly, it's for people to get involved in conversations about cutting edge design methods, brand new development techniques, and brilliant experiments in user theory and interaction strategies.
We aim to offer conference-quality talks and panels in a casual environment—along with enough food and craft beer to keep you in your seat. Our talks are targeted at industry professionals, but we welcome people of all skill levels who are passionate about improving the way we build the web.