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What's the latest election news?

What is the latest election news?

Got any news from the election for me?

latest news

News, plz. 

what's happening on the campaign trail today?

any campaign updates?

so wut happned in the election 2day?

yo what is the latest news botface

News?

The latest election news. Hit me with it.

Yo! What's the happy haps?

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QUESTIONS

TOTAL FEATURE SET

Basic election info

Basic candidate info

Electorate candidates

Electorate candidate for party

Is a candidate running?

Who's running for senate

Where is an electorate

Live election results

NLP

  • Hard to do well (but isn't everything)
  • Easier to use as an enhancement on top of more primitive methods

AI

  • Maybe even harder to do well
  • Difficult to start from scratch
  • Less predictable

Rest assured something will go wrong.

Platform specific listeners

Platform specific responders

Composer

Capability modules

Data sources

Listeners

  • Keep it real simple
  • Need to be pretty bullet proof
  • Simple preliminary message triage

Responders

  • Keep it as simple as possible
  • Platform specific message formatting
  • Deal with API issues including rate limits

Composer

& capabilities

A monolith

  • Platform agnostic
  • Capabilities can be added/removed quickly, but requires a restart
  • Queues mean down-time can be tolerated
  • Multiple instances possible
  • Uses Rivescript—a well established chatbot scripting language
  • Enhanced with small forays into LNP land

WORKFLOW

fetch item from queue

pre-process incoming message

rivescript for response selection

compose response object

add to outbox queue

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ABC NewsBot @ Hacks/Hackers Syd

By Simon Elvery

ABC NewsBot @ Hacks/Hackers Syd

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