It is sometimes hard to keep an eye on everything that happens. The industry is in a constant state of innovation, which is amazing but also sometimes a bit hard to follow.
Fear not, dear readers -- we've got you covered.
Hand-picked chatbot newsletters
To help you stay on top of the trend, I have hand-picked five of my favourite chatbot newsletters. I don't read them religiously. I often scan through the email(s) for general topics before diving it. Here they are.
O'Reilly is one of these companies everyone in the business has heard of. Before 1984, O'Reilly was a technical writing consulting firm. It is around that time that they started to publish books about programming, computers, and technology.
Today, O'Reilly is a trusted source of information on business and technical topics. Their online library hosts an incredible amount of books and white-papers.
Fair warning: a big part of their content is quite advanced.
What will you learn with O'Reilly's chatbot newsletter? You will receive weekly news about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the latest insights from industry leaders.
Fair warning: their site is... well... odd. If you can see past it, you will find value. But yeah, I know, tough one.
So, this is a bit of a weird one. Like O'Reilly, KDnuggets' newsletter isn't as chatbots per se. Having said that, it is a fantastic source of information for anything that relates to AI, ML, and data science in general.
These three topics put together essentially make chatbots. Some of the content is advanced but lots of it is very readable for any knowledge level.
Neither of these names need much introduction. Click and browse right now, you will understand why I have to include them in this article.
Keep up with chatbot news
It's not all about newsletters. Sometimes, the best websites provide information straight from their glorious pages. I've put together a short list of places where you can find good chatbot content/news/guides.
Keep an eye on the latest by browsing the publications below.
TechCrunch is 'the' tech website. I mean, if you haven't heard of it yet, I'd wonder where you've been hiding.
Unsurprisingly, they have a section solely focussed on chatbots and artificial intelligence. It's important to know their chatbot section is very news-y, meaning you will find articles about chatbot companies raising funds as well as opinion pieces on chatbots taking over websites.
TechCrunch is a great website to keep on your radar for all things tech.
The Next Web (also known as TNW) is another tech news giant. Like TechCrunch, TNW write about all things tech.
They don't have a chatbot section per se, but they do have a great artificial intelligence section. You will find articles about the latest tech, AI in the VR world, algorithms, and opinion pieces on whether or not robots will take over the world.
Medium is odd. Anyone can start a publication, start writing stuff, hit publish, and voila. It's the social network of writing, sort of.
While it's probably not the best place to find your chatbot news or the best opinion pieces (for the above reason illustrated above), it is good to keep an eye on what's out there. There are many publications around AI, chatbots, and even machine learning/advanced stuff.
If you click the link below, read each articles with a pinch of salt. Try to spot the best authors and follow them rather than the publications; you will extract more value from Medium that way.
Venturebeat is the factory of tech news. These guys hit the publish button like crazy. They have been focusing on the chatbot industry for quite a while now, so it's definitely a website to keep your eye on.
Much like Medium, I would advise you to keep an open mind about what you read on there. You will find lots of opinion pieces (including some of mine!). Again, like Medium, try to follow specific authors.