-- yes, the same kinds of automated programs that spread political propaganda and manipulate opinion on social media -- can use superfast technology to snatch up popular electronics, dolls, toys and sneakers when they are deeply discounted, and then resell them with a huge markup.
Last year, according to Distil, bad bots
accounted for 15.6% of web traffic on e-commerce sites and about half (7.8%) were advanced persistent bots
are Internet-connected devices of any kind, such as
The rise of social bots
. Communications of the ACM, 59(7), 96-104.
Meanwhile, Kuwait City, Kuwait, ranked #3 most bot
infected city in the GCC and 10th in the Middle East with 13.2 per cent of bots
in the region.
With the global botnet population growing by 6.7 million in 2016, the report reveals that GCC made up nearly 11.4 per cent of the Middle East's total bot
Moreover, and very interestingly, bots
are not taking over jobs, unless you count the ones carried out by customers performing self-service.
Like AI, bots
are horizontal tools--broad suites of software that can be integrated into any application.
has been customized to meet the unique needs of travelers.
are still a niche product and aren't super widespread, they cover a vast variety of use cases and we think they need to be treated different."
can be horizontal, meaning they do an acceptable job across a broad area--Amazon's Alexa or Microsoft's Cortana are two examples--or vertical, as in the above example of Amy, who does just one (very useful!) thing: schedules meetings.
At the opening keynote of its F8 developer conference, Facebook announced the launch of bots
for its Messenger platform highlighting their relevance for commerce, customer support and media.