Human-computer interaction has changed dramatically in recent years. As a result, more and more so-called social bots have been created over the years - especially in the area of social networks - which can be used both to obtain information and to enhance the user experience. In addition to “nice gimmicks,” however, such bots are also being used more and more in critical areas, such as by politicians during election campaigns. Misinformation on climate change, for example, is also being spread more and more by bots. In this talk, we will look at how to develop bots in general (with Java) and what options are open to a developer. Together we will develop a bot and look at how easy it is to integrate and use gamification aspects to motivate users to interact with our bot. However, we will also look at the downsides of this technology, e.g. what sensitive data a developer might suddenly have at his disposal.
Hendrik Ebbers is a co-founder of Karakun AG and lives in Dortmund, Germany. He is the founder and leader of the Java User Group Dortmund and gives talks and presentations in user groups and conferences. His JavaFX book "Mastering JavaFX 8 Controls" was released 2014 by Oracle press. Hendrik is JavaOne Rockstar, JSR expert group member and Java Champion.