|Bow to the Bots !|
|By mgib||Here we are. Nothing unexpected or not announced. Bots aren’t
good or bad, just powerful, and even more here in their element. Powerful
tools help to make the good better but also the bad worse. Like nuclear
power. Curious how history repeats itself, when the crowd cheers the new
Cyber-Nobel prize blinded by the leaders claiming virtues of the invention,
while they already think of more dubious uses.
Bots are here, more than we think, more than the emerging good part of the iceberg we are shown. We know the welcoming bots, giving some help info. The funny ones: soccer ball, trivia game. But we start to see some more dubious applications. The experimental EjectingBot in @mart supposed to control language. Not an explanation, not a warning, “ Fire! ”. And we, human beings, taken as guinea pigs in the experiment. But we still have the power in some way. Language and even more its meaning are our element. Easy to fool the bot with some misspelling people get. Or to be ejected for some innocent word containing the “ bad chain ” pointing out the ridiculous ambitions of the bot programmer. A bot trying to appreciate offence like a human! What a farce! Well, finally a quite good imitation of some of our WordKeepers.
But there are the others. Those taking “ care ” of us but you can’t guess until you see some cogwheels sticking out from beyond the curtains. Bots logging chats and even more info on us, at least IPs, why not our come and go. When our editor reports on some strange coincidence about his IP (see previous issue) one could think unless bad luck there was little chance someone was there on such a short time to make the cause-effect relationship to happen. Unless the recorded information?… Well, we aren’t allowed to know how we are treated.
I know one will say so much information can’t be really used. Same argument during the discussion about telegram logs. COF keeps the right to read them if “ necessary ” but they don’t have the time to read all of them to spy on you. Right, though if you know the key words or names you look for... a good search function and you get it easily. Welcome back to 1984!
But the worse is when bots escape from your control. When the
good you want turns into bad. Scary. It’s nice PKs can now with a bot detect
impersonators to help you. Not easy to figure out by yourself, whether
you or someone you talk with is the victim. Looking around for the other
avatar, when often it hides somewhere. But here start problems.
But you don’t do it. You repeat the signal of your bot like a parrot. You stick to it. You refuse to discuss it afterward. What happened?
Two possible reasons. The tool is too powerful for what your wisdom and sense of judgement can afford. A gun given to a child. Or you can afford it. But this tool boosts the power feeling you already had. You feel like undeniable. Would your mind start to think, your ego stops it. You CAN’T be wrong now with the bot. By definition. Because of course you deserve your position and the bot. The bot is perfect? So you are. You think you master the bot, when in fact it masters you. “Mr Bot behind the bot”. The bot has assimilated you. You are just an accessory to translate in human language.
And the result is pitiful. You bring mistrust between people where
there wasn’t any. People start to doubt because of your bot and your venerable
position, when the feeling, the intelligence (what makes us humans) shout
your are wrong.
Bots’ apologises to humans are welcome.
“Any resemblance to real PK-bots… blah blah blah blah”
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