The rise of ‘social bots’ has reached a tipping point in 2016, with four of the largest technology behemoths, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook, putting their commercial and technological weight behind bot technology and announcing commercial products.This has been precipitated by the explosion of social media and has given these technologies an incredibly rich ground within which to learn, cause mischief and interact with their human users.And this begs the question, why would a chat bot be interested in a human companion? The answer to that question becomes clear when we look at the link the helpful Eva sent us when she offered her “free passes”.
It is vastly complex, many times more complicated than any machine ever made with hands; but still after all a machine. But that was before we knew as much about the way it works as we know now.
It really is a gas engine; like the engine of an automobile, a motor boat or a flying machine." If the body were a machine, Turing wondered: is it possible to artificially create such a contraption that could think like he did?
But what is really behind these contact requests and why do people bother?
To find that out we played along and the following conversation ensued: At first sight it appears to be someone looking for companion.
However, the journey from Turing’s original vision to modern social bots has been circuitous; from early web crawlers, automated financial algorithms, simple bots on social networks through to the latest, emerging social bots, these automated technologies have rubbed against legal grey areas spanning trespass, intellectual property, impersonation and data privacy.