Many users of the Internet are aware of bots: automated programs
that work behind the scenes to come up with search suggestions,
check the weather, filter emails, or clean up Wikipedia entries.
More recently, a new software robot has been making its presence
felt in social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter - the
socialbot. However, unlike other bots, socialbots are built to
appear human. While a weatherbot will tell you if it's sunny and a
spambot will incessantly peddle Viagra, socialbots will ask you
questions, have conversations, like your posts, retweet you, and
become your friend. All the while, if they're well-programmed, you
won't know that you're tweeting and friending with a robot. Who
benefits from the use of software robots? Who loses? Does a bot
deserve rights? Who pulls the strings of these bots? Who has the
right to know what about them? What does it mean to be intelligent?
What does it mean to be a friend? Socialbots and Their Friends:
Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality is one of the first
academic collections to critically consider the socialbot and
tackle these pressing questions.
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Robert W. Gehl
• Maria Bakardjieva
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