Assignment 3 – Chatbot
March 11, 2018
Utilizing Chatfuel to create a chatbot was really fun and rewarding! At first, I was a bit lost trying to figure the platform out, but after some trial and error, I got it to work! My chatbot was centered around motivational quotes. I believe happiness is a vital part of everyone’s day, and I wanted to provide some inspiration to others. The information problem my bot tried to solve was just that: how to bring some positivity into people’s days. Chatbots overall try to solve many problems. Some can answer questions about a particular service, person, or item, and others can possibly provide an interactive way to communicate, like mine with the quotes.
In the process of creating my bot, I learned a lot of neat tricks. The ‘typing’ feature is a cool way to interact with the person on the other side of the message and make it seem more ‘human-like.’ Incorporating the AI feature was another fun way to interact with the user. It gave me an opportunity to create new answers based off of what they said, and that’s especially valuable when it comes to chatbots. I also learned how to create a page on Facebook, which was interesting because I’d never done it before. I’m looking forward to utilizing these skills in the future and applying what I know to more chatbots! The ease of use that is incorporated through the linkage between Facebook and Chatfuel is impressive and has definitely helped many companies, brands, and people communicate with their users.
The link to my bot can be found here.
Assignment 3- Chat Bots
March 11, 2018
I really enjoyed this assignment, and it proved that new technology that may seem out of reach can actually be pretty assessable. I always assumed that chat bots were highly complicated, which isn’t really the case (at least on this level). I liked the Chatfuel platform and found that it helped to simplify the process while providing some cool features. I particularly liked the “typing” feature that made the bots feel more lifelike. I also found the artificial intelligence section to be really helpful; even though the rule was “if the person says yes…” it also worked if they said something like “sure!” or “yea.”
I created a “laugh buddy” bot that tells different types of jokes depending on what the user wants to hear. The purpose is to spread a little cheer when someone is feeling down, or just to provide pure entertainment to cure someone’s boredom. The different categories include “something punny,” “surprise me,” or “something for my kid.”
I think that moving forward, this knowledge will be extremely helpful whether its for a business of my own or a client. If this project has taught me anything, it’s that anyone with access to a Facebook account can succeed at making their own chat bot. Click the “send message” button and see for yourself!
Assignment Three: Chat Bot
March 10, 2018
I created a Facebook Messenger chat bot on Dexter.com. I found it simpler and more intuitive than Chatfuel but I did run into some issues. I was able to test the bot and everything works perfectly for me. I followed all of the instructions to make it live and public and Dexter says that it is published. However, when I had my dad try to test it, it did not work for him. I have included the link to the bot and a screen recording of me interacting it so you can see what it is supposed to do if it does not work for you.
This bot is mostly just fun and to introduce you to some of the basics about me. It tells you some of my interests and captures some of my personality and sense of humor. I can see how these bots can be incredibly useful for certain people and companies. Very often people reaching out to someone have a very simple and common question and having bots that can respond to those questions, instead of a person having to monitor the page, makes everything much easier.
Gina Gayle Media Chatbot
March 10, 2018
I think this is a fun thing to do but I need more practice at this. I set this up on my business page that has been not used in years because I am re-vamping my brand and business. So the Chatbot is being used to answer simple questions that I think people would have if they are coming to my page for business. I made blocks for the different areas of photography that I do with questions and answers. I even put in a link to an old website of mine. As with all of these assignments, it was hard for me to grasp at first but I am getting the hang of it and I can see how it would be useful going forward.
Personal Chat Bot
March 9, 2018
For the chat bot assignment, I decided to make a personal one that acts as a secretary for me whenever anyone is trying to get an answer about or from me. Here’s the link to the Connor Fogel Bot.
The purpose of the bot is for people to ask it where I am or what I am working on, and if they need to reach me other ways, they can ask for contact information. I also asked a few friends to use it and see what they would ask it to make it more like me. A few friends asked what I was doing for spring break or what my favorite football team was, so I added a few details about how I will be in Iceland for the break and that my favorite football team is the Philadelphia Eagles. I even added the Eagles fight song along with it. I also added a few links to my twitter and to my personal website for when people ask about what I am working on.
Through the process of making the bot, I learned that the entire process of a chatbot is a learning process. Every time someone interacts with it in a new way, more responses are needed, and it takes a lot of time to fully develop a bot that will be able to interact with people effectively. While I may have been able to predict the basics of what people may ask about me, I obviously don’t know all the questions. It was cool to see what my friends wanted to ask it to give it more personal reactions that related to me. I’m sure companies that use chatbots have tested their bots thousands of times before launching them to make sure that they effectively help and direct customers to the information they are looking for.
Assignment 3 – Chatbot
March 9, 2018
A Link to my Chatbot
The purpose of my bot was to be me for the Facebook page in my name. I wanted the bot to be able to tell whoever they were chatting to about myself and answer any questions they had. A lot of the details I included had to do with what I’ve learned in school, contact info, or random fun facts someone might potentially ask.
There was certainly a learning curve to creating the bot with Chatfuel. Figuring out how the blocks worked and linking them to other responses took some time to figure out because that’s not the way that humans speak so it didn’t come totally natural. I thought the AI option was really helpful for responses that you don’t want to set up a whole section or block for that are quick. I actually had a few people try out the bot so I could add some more AI answers that sounded natural and like myself. I also tried to put in an IFTTT feature for my instagram I don’t know if the API just takes a while to work or what but I couldn’t get this to be successful for some reason.
360 Video first try
March 8, 2018
This is my 360 video from the class footage we did last week. I had a great time working with the camera and it was good to edit again after so many years. I did not have luck with the nadir patch and my text is a little screwy but I do have a video! I actually like the way it looks in Premiere as opposed to the view on Youtube because I had this great edit of the professor going up to the camera and Logan walking back from the camera. YAY I liked how I did that but unless you turn the video to that specific part you won’t see it.
I am not sold on using 360 video for my storytelling, especially in everything so I will have to think about how I can use it going forward. I do like it for sports though so you can see all the action and even the crowd reaction. That concept can be applied to other areas such as entertainment. I wonder what would happen if you filmed an even with multiple 360 cameras and how that would work in the editing? I’d like to see that and/or try it as well.
Assignment 2-360 Video
March 8, 2018
For this project, I edited the 360 videos we took in class into a short sequence. On Premier, I added 2D titles that stay in place when moving around within the video. I also added the cross dissolve, film dissolve, and dip to white transition effects.
After working with 360 video, I see huge potential for it in many areas, one being education. Universities can use 360 video to show perspective students from all over the world what a typical dorm room or classroom looks like. Professors can also use 360 video to immerse students in what they are learning. For example, a class on ancient history taking a “virtual” field trip to the Egyptian pyramids.
In journalism, 360 video is a great way to place your audience into the story. Visuals are always helpful to get your point across, and 360 video allows them to experience it from all angles. I look forward to seeing how companies and individuals continue to use 360 video as it becomes more mainstream.
Assignment 2 – 360 Video
March 8, 2018
The video below depicts different areas of Newhouse at Syracuse University. Not only is it showing different spots, but it’s also in 360 view!!! I had no idea how easy something like this was to create. I’m definitely interested in learning more about this up and coming virtual feature, and I’m starting to think that this type of technology will be utilized in my final project.
As a class, we utilized a 360 video camera to capture shots of different areas around the Newhouse buildings. We “hid” while the camera did its thing, as to let it capture as much ‘natural’ footage as possible instead of a group of people hovering around the camera. Within the video itself, I combined different shots to allow for numerous views of the school. I cut out the parts where we were all near the camera, and also shortened the clips as well. The video transitions and titles added some flare; it’s fun to spice things up a bit to make everything flow smoothly.
Utilizing 360 cameras gives us the power to create extremely exciting footage. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the different opportunities this type of technology creates. I have seen many sports teams utilizing it when showing off the crowd during games, different parts of their stadiums/arenas that most people don’t see, and locker room environments as well. I can see the real estate industry using 360 video as well, especially when it comes to showing a home online. Any business with cool features or designs within their building could benefit from this technology, as they could show it off on their social media pages or websites to entice people to come in. I could also see museums using this, too. Imagine how cool it’d be to see an exhibit in 360 view!
As I previously mentioned, the possibilities are endless. It’s mind-blowing that people have been able to create such an amazing tool that will change the way we all view things. I’m excited to learn more about it and continue to utilize it in the future.
Assignment Two: Unity Scene
March 7, 2018
I had some prior experience with Unity from the Virtual Reality Storytelling class but I had not really used the application since I finished that class last May. I used this assignment as a chance to re-acclomate myself with the program and re-master the basics so I can do a much more complex scene for my Field Test at the end of this semester.
The scene I created was a very basic nature scene. I created a grass terrain with some hills and several lakes. I also explored placing a few assets including trees. I attempted to import three different assets from the asset store but they would not work on my computer. I am going to explore different versions of Unity to see if that is the issue.
It also took me a few tries to remember how to get the First Person Controller to work as I wanted it to. I forgot initially to replace the main camera with the FPC, but after a bit of tinkering, I got everything to work.
For my field test, I want to create a walk through of a hypothetical “garage” for my favorite band Metallica. I want 3-D scan some equipment that I own (guitars, amps, effects pedals) and place them in a scene so one can walk through that scene, explore the objects, and hear what they sound like when they approach them.
Though my field test will likely be limited in its expansiveness due to my limited resources, I think that Unity can be used to give consumers an incredibly immersive experience. It can be used to transport people to exhibits and places that they can’t otherwise get to. Whether that is a museum type exhibit like I am planning for my field test or to an historic location or the location of a story for a newscast, Unity allows people to be transported and immersed in places that they haven’t been.
Now that I have regained the basic feel fro the program, I am ready to start planning out my field test.