Secret Agent. (source: Ben Crowder on Flickr)
Secret Agent. (source: Ben Crowder on Flickr)

Bots have become hot, fast.

Their rise—fueled by advances in artificial intelligence, consumer comfort with chat interfaces, and a stagnating mobile app ecosystem—has been a bright spot in an otherwise darkening venture-capital environment.

I’ve been speaking with a lot of bot creators—most recently at a conference called Botness that took place in San Francisco at the beginning of June—and have noticed that a handful of questions appear frequently. On closer inspection, bots seem a little less radical and a lot more feasible.Text isn’t the final form

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