We're constantly asking each other about important metrics we need to keep our business running. These interruptions cost us time and money. Wouldn't it be nice if we could ask a colleague and not having to worry about interrupting them? What if we could build that colleague?
What it does
Brainbot provides a unified conversational interface to multiple services, so you can get answers across your important metrics - and combine them.
How I built it
A PHP back-end with OAuth connections to external services, running on Google Cloud. Bots connect to Slack via websockets. Language is processed using Stanford's NLP tools. Oh, and there's a text to speech interface, because why not?
Challenges I ran into
Domain names were slow to transfer; getting bots up and running quickly was hard. Maintaining multiple bots as a service is difficult.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
A simple natural language interface; free-text date extraction; oauth interfaces to external services.
What I learned
This is a bigger job than can easily be done over a weekend.
What's next for Brainbot
There wasn't enough time to build it all over a weekend. More services, more nuance to the NLP, more, different kinds of interfaces.