ROGERS – Poor little Tay was easy prey

Technology I’VE ONLY ever followed one Twitter bot, and even then only briefly. Someone had created a Twitter account and programmed it so that it automatically replied to people who had misspelled “sneak peek” as “sneak peak.” The last tweet from Stealth Mountain was delivered in January 2014 to @CBSBigBang, and it said the same thing it always did: I think you mean “sneak peek.” The funny part was that many people took this correction personally and answered the bot with comments ranging from peevish to vitriolic. In the past few years, Twitter bots have grown in popularity and complexity. There’s a whole community of bot makers that you can follow with the hashtag #botALLY. A bot created by Microsoft (“her” name was Tay) managed to make headlines last week when it…


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