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Wherein we discuss bots, machine learning, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and whatnot.

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What Are Search Engines Telling People About Bots (2017 update)

The world of bots has changed a lot in the past 9 months. Lots of companies have launched, many tens of thousands of bots have been built. And Google are doing their best to organize all this mess into a something intelligible when someone queries "what are bots?" The...

What Are Search Engines Telling People About Bots?

TL;DR - it's not great Search engines are handy.  They're good for finding things when you search for those things.  They're also really influential in our lives, in surprising ways. In 2015, a study in the hiliariously-acronymed PNAS was published to determine if it...