A Chicken In Every Bot

After a (purposefully) vague tweet last week, Re/code reached out to get my take on bots, for an overview post they were writing. The quote they used is as follows:

“To be honest, I’m a little worried about the bot hype overtaking the bot reality,” said M.G. Siegler, a partner with GV, the investment firm formerly known as Google Ventures. “Yes, the high level promise of what bots can offer is great. But this isn’t going to happen overnight. And it’s going to take a lot of experimentation and likely bot failure before we get there.”

I suppose this paints me as a bit of a “bot bear” in an age of “bot bulls,” leading up to Facebook’s f8 conference keynote tomorrow, where the company is expected to unveil some sort of new bot platform/tools. So I thought it was worth elaborating a bit — I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Below are my full thoughts I sent over to Re/code:

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