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What will the automated workplace look like?
If you haven’t read about it in the Times or heard about it on…
A friend and I lead a similar effort at our high school in Rockville around the same time! We got a few used PCs donated and put Linux on them and somehow got a dedicated phone line to connect them to the net.
Meanwhile there was a free dialup called CapAccess that I somehow had access to that was a text based menu system but could get access to GOPHER! And from Gopher you could get to MUDS!!!!
I just remember thinking “this is so much better than a BBS!”
Two years ago, I wrote an essay called “Is it time for Passwordless Login?” which proposed a design pattern that would replace passwords with a one-time use login link sent to a user’s email address or phone.
In short, passwordless login replaces the username and password combination with a variation on the reset password flow…
Building an app for iPhones is just plain hard. It is unavoidably complex — just to write the app, you have to deal with programming languages, the Xcode compiler, multiple competing methods of designing and implementing the GUI for the app, and hundreds of constantly shifting platform specific APIs and extensions. And then you have to submit the app to…
Bot are apps that live in our work chatrooms. They can make life easier by automating all sorts of tasks, or by providing a centralized and friendly interface to the dizzying array of services and information we need to access to in our day to day lives.
I think there is something great about it just being a pile of Markdown files living in a folder. Checking it in to git gives us a little bit of history and we could theoretically roll back if something went wrong.
I think Github wiki is super useful when its about a specific Github project but not as a generic wiki.
Thanks for your thoughts, Dominik. I agree that this type of bot interaction wouldn’t work for all types of work — really, its best suited for teams that are already in chatrooms together, and/or who are not all able to sit in the same room together.
John — Yes, of course the bot can act as an interface to an external app, particularly if the app has an API. I think the most common bots these days, especially in Slack, are bots that provide a conduit from Slack to an existing outside tool like Trello or Github.
They can also use multiple APIs to perform more complex operations by combining features of multiple apps.
Thanks for the kind words, Ev.
I think bots could definitely help with something like this:
It could present reminders about where in the process you are, allow you to skip unnecessary steps while documenting when and why you skipped them, and keep everyone on the same page. After a few projects, it could also start calculating “par” values for each step in the checklist and…