The Very Real Risk of Bad Bots

We’ll get to these troublemakers in a moment.

The more familiar form of bots that we all know (and maybe love, even though they’re not human — yes, anything is possible) are of the “good” variety. You know them, for example, when you type a request in chat rooms, and a chatbot responds with bewilderment that he isn’t sure that he “understands your request.”

As recode explains, this “increasingly common form of bots, chatbots, simulate conversation.” Think: an “online Siri.” They may even get perturbed at the more unsavory the language is in your conversation with them (I’ve never done that before — I’ve just heard things from friends). Read more

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