The modern messaging tools that chatbots run on offer much more ways to interact compared to what previous incarnations of chatbots had, such as those used on IRC or AIM. Much advise on building chatbots that’s out there quietly assumes that all chatbots are just text-in-text-out, which doesn’t match with the platforms they are on.…
Creating your own chances
I spent the summer in Barcelona. It has been the most social time of my life, I think. As I write this, it’s a little past midnight and I’ve been in my room, alone, for the entire evening. Ah, contrast.
I would’ve never gotten a job offer in Barcelona if I didn’t open myself up to it, didn’t show passion for working abroad by contacting different people and making ways for them to contact me.
Sure, I didn’t get that internship abroad that I would’ve liked, but a week after that I was working, working in Spain and living 50m from the beach. And now I have two fantastic job offers ready back here in the Netherlands. If I can, so can you.
Most of you have a passion for working with the web. It doesn’t always come trough in clinic blog posts about technique this or that, or in talking about petty details with your client. Show it more. Get angry at your boss if he doesn’t give you the time you need. Excite your colleagues with a great new technique. Say no to a client that is being unreasonable, write this blog article. Be honest, show Passion.
Show the passion you have for what you do, when you can. Don’t take “Oh! I’ve got this problem with my email…” for an answer.
Get angry, get exited. It’s scary, it makes you vulnerable and it might even work out adversely but that’s fine, don’t care about people that can’t handle someone with passion for what they do. Remember:
By showing passion, you create your own chances.
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Many of the “smart” chatbots with Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence still have a hard time keeping a conversation going. They keep forgetting whatever it was you were talking about even if you can see it plainly in the message right above! …