News-writing bots may have faded from hedlines for the time being, but that could be because our industry has found a new futuristic fixation: direct news distribution bots through apps like Quartz, Facebook Messenger and even Slack.
While more sophisticated methods of machine learning are in development, many of today's chatbots are still built on a similar coded call-and-response formula as ELIZA.
No need to go out of your way to visit multiple homepages or to scroll through hours worth of Twitter feed frenzy to find something you might actually want to click on.
The value in engaging more directly with followers has obvious loyalty-building potential for newspapers who struggle to pull in repeat site visitors, and the challenge of figuring out how to personalize content for more direct distribution has captured the attention of newsroom innovators.
The foodie bot works on the latest version of Skype across Windows, Mac, i OS, Android or the web.
Illustrating the good that bots can do, Do Not Pay is offering free legal aid to people seeking asylum in the US and Canada by helping them complete immigration forms. The original web-based robo lawyer was created by British Stanford University student Joshua Browder to help people challenge and overturn their parking fines.