CanCon Podcast Ep. 33: How to build a critically acclaimed chatbot


This week the CanCon podcast dives into the details behind design decisions for the next generation of tech.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off over this past weekend. Alongside the festival, TWG and 88 Creative released a chatbot named TIFFBOT to help you decide what film to go see. The CanCon team interviews itself to learn the motivations behind the project and designing the right tool for the movie-going masses.

Returning from Apple’s tech release event in San Francisco, Patrick O’Rourke rejoins the podcast to tell all about the latest Apple gadgets and updates.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – plot the direction of emergent tech on your phone and in your ears.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 33 (09/13/16)

Tiffbot takes you to the movies
TIFF releases chatbot to help moviegoers decide what movies to watch

Everything’s coming up Apple
iPhone 7 and 7 plus hands on: Death of the headphone jack
Apple Watch series 2 hands on: An iterative step forward
Apple debuts new AirPod wireless headphones
Apple iPhone 7 review: Apple sets the stage for 2017

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Easy Come Easy Go” by The Great Lake Swimmers

PayPal ad music: Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA Attribution-Share Alike license.


Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

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