The Rise of the Bots

This session is facilitated by Dominic Fitch-Jones

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About this session

In this session, we’ll explore the evolution of chatbots:

We will start by looking at examples of positive uses of this technology (like Yeshi from charity: water) as well as where this technology went too far, creating a worrying and offensive experience (such as with Microsoft’s Tay). We will reflect on concerns chatbots pose, like disruption, and the overall impact bots currently have and could have on society.

We’ll work as a group to design and build a simple chatbot in Telegram, learning about fundamental principles used to create great bots like NLP and APIs.

Goals of this session

Youth will better understand chatbots and their current and future impact on society.