Bots, bots and more bots.
On this week’s CanCon we take a look at Microsoft’s ambitious plans to integrate personal assistant chat bots into Skype, as well as what the future holds for voice-based interaction technology interaction. Also, can we really trust Siri?
There’s a big hiring problem for tech coming in Canada, as the country looks to fill 218,000 new information and communications technology jobs by 2020 with, supposedly, not enough talent. At the same time, women and visible minorities continue to face problems of representation, access, and fair treatment.
While there are many different causes for these problems in Canada, having a conversation about both makes it clear that at the very least there’s a correlation between the two. It’s also important to have these conversations year-round, not just on the calendar days set to highlight these issues.
Tune in as the CanCon podcast team – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative (and former BetaKit Managing Editor), Patrick O’Rourke, Senior Editor of MobileSyrup, and Jessica Galang, BetaKit’s News Editor – attempts to solve one problem with another, and re-evaluates the opportunities and limitations of bot tech.
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CanCon Podcast Episode 11 (04/06/16)
Diversity in Tech
For women in tech, change comes slowly
Mentorship as Empowerment: Challenging every woman to find a mentor and be a mentor
DMZ and TechGirls Canada panel tackling STEM’s diversity problem says ‘get the hell out of the way’
CIX showcases what’s next for the Canadian startup landscape
Racist bots and convenient flight bookings
Microsoft turns to chat bots to secure its future
Kik’s bot play begins with 16 chat bots from brands like Sephora, Funny or Die
Slack’s Amazing Teams event examines communication as culture
Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette
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