AI, friend or foe for Documentarians? • Chris Ward • soap! 2019

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About the talk
There have been a handful of discussions around the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the Documentarian. Will it replace the work we do, supplement it, or present us with new opportunities and tools? In this presentation, I survey the landscape and provide an overview of the present and potential future of technical writing alongside our artificial overlords. I will look at tips and tricks for writing for conversational interfaces, and the opportunities for our community. I will show prototypes of integrating a growing number of tools for building bots on top of existing documentation and ponder in which contexts they might be useful, and if they are worth it. I will look at tools that help us write and manage knowledge better, and wonder who is in control of who? I will look at the traditional academic areas of linguistics, how NLP sits alongside them, and how documentarians can sit perfectly in the middle.

Our Speaker
Chris Ward is a Contract Technical Writer at Gregarious Mammal, Germany. Former musician, dabbled in development for a few years, now passionate about good technical content and developer experience. Also enthusiastic about interactive fiction, games, and more.

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