The way corporate workers collaborate is changing. Teams are increasingly shifting from email and document-based sharing sites to chat platforms. Popular chat-based solutions such as Slack provide office-workers with a comprehensive set of tools for coordinating tasks and discussions, all from within a familiar messaging platform.
This shift to chat-based collaboration is giving rise to a whole new species of intelligent assistant: the chatbot. We’re not talking about your “daddy’s” chatbot, like the ones that compete each year for the Loebner Prize. Not that there’s anything wrong with those chatbots! We’re talking instead about a marginally conversational bot that lurks within chat-based collaboration spaces and chimes in if someone asks it something or requests it to take action.
Today Opus Research published my guest post on Hubot, the chatbot assistant that lives and works in Github’s collaboration space. The post is based on a great article by Cade Metz in Wired. Read the full post to find out more about the interesting life and times of Hubot and to speculate about what this recent breed of chatbot means for the future of intelligent assistance.